Mizzou is launching a new podcast.Eureka! explores real science, real discovery and real life at Mizzou and around the world. In each episode, we’ll share stories culled from the experiences and accomplishments of Mizzou science and humanities researchers as well as students, alumni and community members.

Episode 1: HIV/AIDS

In this episode of Eureka!, we bring you three stories of how Mizzou faculty researchers — a nurse, a social scientist and a biochemist — are reaching out to communities in Missouri and across the globe to fight HIV and AIDS.

Maithe Enriquez, an associate professor in MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing, runs a peer-led intervention program designed to help people with HIV and AIDS stay on their medication.

Enid Schatz, an associate professor in health sciences and women’s and gender studies, investigates the effects of HIV/AIDS on older people and on family structures in South Africa.

Bill Folk, a professor of biochemistry and an adjunct professor of public health, examines the indigenous botanicals used to treat HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Folk gave the 2015 Corps of Discovery lecture. Listen.

Music for the podcast is performed by Anand Prahlad, a professor of English. Also known as an African thumb piano, the mbira is a musical instrument created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Hear more.

World AIDS Day 2015

Mizzou marks World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with a series of events including a talk and book signing featuring Olympic gold medalist and activist Greg Louganis. #LivePositively


Mizzou HIV/AIDS Research

Mizzou researchers in multiple fields are doing work to combat HIV and AIDS. In the Bond Life Sciences Center, scientists investigate the components of the virus and the structure and functions of key proteins. Throughout the university, interdisciplinary teams of researchers delve into prevention, treatment and improving the quality of life for people infected with the virus.

Filling in the Gaps of HIV

MU scientists have developed the most complete model yet of the HIV capsid protein

Stefan Sarafianos

Virologist Stefan Sarafianos, an associate professor in medicine and biochemistry, leads the Bond Life Sciences Center team creating a clearer snapshot of HIV proteins.

Holding On

MU scientist discovers protein prevents release of HIV and other viruses from infected cells

Shan-Lu Liu

Shan-Lu Liu and his team conduct HIV research at the Bond Life Sciences Center.

Peers Keep It Real

Nursing professor develops peer-led intervention for individuals with HIV

Maithe Enriquez

Maithe Enriquez, an associate professor in MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing, runs a peer-led intervention program designed to help people with HIV and AIDS stay on their medication.

(Un)common Folk

Biochemistry stalwart shares his story in Corps of Discovery Lecture

Bill Folk

Bill Folk, a professor of biochemistry and an adjunct professor of public health, examines the indigenous botanicals used to treat HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.