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Investigating the New Coronavirus with Karla Satchell, PhD

The outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China is making headlines around the world. Here at Northwestern, microbiologist Karla Satchell, PhD, is leading an effort to investigate the structure biology of the components of the virus to ultimately understand how to stop it from replicating in human cells through a medication or vaccine.


Karla Satchell, PhD

"Our main purpose is that we have all these talented people in place to address a problem should it arise."

—  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

Karla Satchell, PhD, leads the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern, which is funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The center includes teams of talented scientists across the country that can be called on in a moment's notice to investigate emerging infectious disease events such as the new Coronavirus virus (2019-nCoV).

In this episode, Satchell takes listeners through the process the center is using to map 2019-nCoV in three dimensions, with the hope of exposing an intimate chemical portrait of the disease. Satchell says this view can offer scientists a window into the virus’s vulnerabilities and enable them to create drugs to disable it or vaccines to prevent it.

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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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Physicians who listen to this podcast may claim continuing medical education credit after listening to an episode of this program.

Target Audience

Academic/Research, Multiple specialties

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify the research interests and initiatives of Feinberg faculty.
  2. Discuss new updates in clinical and translational research.
Accreditation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Karla Satchell, PhD, disclosed external professional relationships with (ownership/investment interest) with Situ Biosciences, LLC. Peer reviewer Richard Longnecker, PhD, has nothing to disclose. 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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