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Investigating the New Coronavirus with Karla Satchell, PhD, Part 2

This is an update to the Jan. 28, 2020 episode about Northwestern microbiologist Karla Satchell's effort to lead an investigation into the structure biology of the components of COVID-19. The goal is to ultimately understand how to stop the virus from replicating in human cells through a medication or vaccine.


Karla Satchell, PhD

"This is the third major epidemic of a coronavirus in only 20 years. So, we should think that something unexpected could happen again in seven to eight years. I think that we do need to be thinking about coronaviruses and transmission to humans as something that's going to keep happening and we need drugs available that we can immediately bring into that space."

—  Karla Satchell, PhD

  • Director of the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases
  • Professor of Microbiology-Immunology
  • Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Member of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Episode Notes

In January 2020, when COVID-19 was emerging worldwide, Karla Satchell, PhD, and members of the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern were waiting for synthetic DNA of the virus to help them model its structure biology. The center, which is funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has made much progress since that time. In just over two months, their group has solved and deposited structures of seven different proteins in a worldwide effort to develop a medication or vaccine for the virus.

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The Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases is funded with federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contracts No. HHSN272201700060C.

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At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

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Karla Satchell, PhD, disclosed a financial relationship with Situ Biosciences, LLC. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Jennifer Banys, Senior Program Administrator, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.

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