This presentation will provide an introduction to the biology of coronaviruses, emphasizing SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This will include the transmission and effects of infection and the disproportionate prevalence of disease in people of color. The presentation will also focus on COVID-19, the immune response, and will investigate increased mortality in communities of color. Also included will be the mitigation efforts and a comparison of the action of the available vaccines.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Sandra D. Adams, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra Daise Adams is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Montclair State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Georgia, a Master of Education in Biology Education from Georgia State University, a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics with a research focus on virology from Georgia State University.
Dr. Adams regularly teaches courses in Principles of Biology, Virology, Immunology and Viruses and Disease. She has incorporated the study of viruses in the introductory biology laboratory course in which freshman students isolate, purify, and characterize a novel bacteriophage from the soil. She maintains an active research laboratory investigating the effects of natural products on virus infection, focusing on inhibition and modes of action.
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