Virology terminology you need to know for COVID-19

By Jillian Carmichael, PhD Credit: BioRender By now, you’d need to be living under a rock to have not heard about the new coronavirus. COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organization) on Wednesday. As of Friday, March 13, there are more than 1600 diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the US and … Continue reading Virology terminology you need to know for COVID-19

A Cure by Prevention: Eradication of Viruses by Vaccination

Credit: Arek Socha from Pixabay May 8, 2020 will mark the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking declaration by the World Health Assembly that smallpox—a disease that had plagued humanity for over two millennia—had been completely eradicated following the vaccination efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year also marks the 1st anniversary of another … Continue reading A Cure by Prevention: Eradication of Viruses by Vaccination

Immunotherapy: awakening the immune system to fight cancer

By Ross Keller, PhD candidate in Biomedical Science. What is the immune system? The human body is continuously under assault from a wide array of things that would do it harm. Many of these come in the form of pathogens—or microbes that infect the body and are not part of the body's flora. These microbes … Continue reading Immunotherapy: awakening the immune system to fight cancer