Professor Jeffrey DeStefano and postdoctoral associate Irani Alves Ferreira-Bravo—both from UMD’s Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, were inspired to use their lab’s knowledge of aptamers to expand and improve upon existing therapeutics for COVID-19. Their developments in fluoro-arabino nucleic acid (FANA) aptamers could help prevent initial infection with SARS-CoV-2.
Dr. Brian Pierce, an Assistant Professor in the CBMG Department, was recently
awarded a $1.5 million R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) grant
from the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “High Resolution Modeling
and Design of Immune Recognition”.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH recently awarded CBMG Assistant Professor Dr. Margaret Scull a 5-year, $2.7 million grant to support her team’s efforts in researching the role of airway mucins during influenza virus infection.