Laura Ruhge

Laura Ruhge is a Ph.D. candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms employed by herpes simplex virus type 1 during infection.

Her fascination with viruses often makes her misunderstood - after all, how can infectious pathogens be "cool"? Laura's motivation to engage the public with her writing stems from her desire to invite her readers into the awe and wonderment of the nanoscopic world. In her free time, Laura can be found sleeping, running, Midwest trotting, or being a homebody with her husband.

Content by Laura Ruhge


I sit in the pitch-black room, twisting the knobs on the control pad of the electron microscope. I’m using this device to hunt for cells.


I just received a picture message from a cousin. Following an image of her friend’s face, the text reads, “I think this is weird but my friend wants to know: is this herpes?”