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The Covid-19 pandemic has upended life around the globe with tragic consequences. Fortunately, the scientific community responded quickly with investigations that have provided unprecedented insights into coronaviruses, human immune responses, and effective therapeutics. The course will begin with a discussion of the viral infection cycle. Understanding the viral cycle is guiding the development of new therapeutics. We'll then discuss the immune responses to infection, including antibodies and inflammation. We'll also discuss Covid vaccines, with special emphasis on the novel mRNA vaccines. Finally, we'll look forward to the prospect of controlling an endemic virus and preparing for emerging pathogens.
INSTRUCTOR : Clare O’Connor received her Ph.D. from Purdue and did postdoctoral research at UCLA and Caltech. She moved to Shrewsbury in 1984 to take a faculty position at the former Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. She then joined the Biology Department at Boston College, where she taught courses in genetics and molecular cell biology before retiring in 2018.
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