Dr. Rebecca Shapiro, professor in the College of Biological Science, spoke to several news outlets about the hit TV show “The Last of Us” and whether the fungal-caused pandemic described in the show could happen in real life.
Speaking to CBC News, Shapiro said she believes the series does a good job of realistically depicting the fungus Cordyceps and how it behaves, but noted the fungus is not adapted to infect humans and thus could not cause a human pandemic.
Shapiro appeared on CTV Kitchener Quick Fix at 5 to discuss “The Last of Us” and the fungus, and an article appeared on the CTV website.
The Guelph Mercury Tribune and Global News also featured Shapiro’s expertise.
A professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Shapiro studies microbial fungal pathogens and methods to stop infections.