Penn State Mobilizes Investigators Targeting Vaccine, COVID-19 Detection and Communications Strategy

Penn State Mobilizes Investigators Targeting Vaccine, COVID-19 Detection and Communications Strategy

Penn State Investigators are working around the clock in search of solutions to COVID-19 in a quest to save as many lives as possible. Thanks to a recent seed grant and the work of its researchers, thus far $1.2 million has been awarded to researchers in 21 Penn State departments across seven colleges. Senior Vice President of Research Lora Weiss reports how remarkable various Penn State institutes and departments have come together to collaborate and do what ever is possible to make a difference in the global pandemic. As director of the Huck Institutes for Life Sciences, Andrew Read noted, “Time lost means live lost and the clock is ticking.”

As reported in Penn State’s website, a number of research initiatives targeting COVID-19 are ongoing including:

Vaccine Development

A Penn State professor, Nikolay Dokholyan, Professor of Pharmacology, isn’t wasting time doing traditional research, bypassing standard vaccine strategies in favor of accelerated approaches using novel computational methods. Professor Dokholyan hopes to mimic the spike proteins that occur on the surface of SARS-CoV-2 to help expedite potential solutions.

Virus Detection

Another investigator, Pau...

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