University Lecture Series: COVID-19 Research that Changes the World

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Presenters: Lauren Ancel Meyers, Ph.D. & Jason McLellan, Ph.D.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 8-9 p.m.
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Modeling to Mitigate the COVID-19 Pandemic: Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers will discuss how the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium has used data, math, and computing to measure the speed and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, forecast COVID-19 deaths across the US, and provide guidance for public health officials, policymakers, and schools on strategies for protecting the health and safety of their communities.

Structure-Function Studies of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike and Development of COVID-19 Interventions: During this seminar, Dr. Jason McLellan will present his laboratory’s efforts to investigate the structure and function of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and our involvement in the development of vaccine candidates and monoclonal antibodies being evaluated in preclinical and clinical trials. SARS-CoV-2 is a novel betacoronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China in Dec. 2019 and is the causative agent of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Effective vaccines and therapeutic antibodies are urgently needed, and the development of these interventions is proceeding rapidly. The coronavirus spike protein is the primary vaccine antigen and is the target for the most promising antibodies.

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