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Biologists selected for ‘rapid research’ on COVID-19

An artist's rendering of the COVID-19 virus at a molecular level

Researchers in the University of Rochester’s Department of Biology have received funding awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study biological processes involved in COVID-19.

The funding is part of the NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program to mobilize funding for high priority projects.

“At this point, combating this pandemic is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ situation,” says Elaine Sia, University of Rochester professor and chair of biology. “Researchers in the biology department at the University, like biologists everywhere, have been learning all we can about the SARS-CoV2 virus.”

By better understanding the specific biological mechanisms and proteins involved in COVID-19 infection, scientists will better be able to develop effective treatments and vaccines to fight the disease.

Learn about the University of Rochester researchers and their coronavirus research projects.

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