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Viruses readily evolve, and SARS-CoV-2 is no exception. With the advent of several SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, scientists are concerned about the possibility of escape variants as new variants continue to emerge. These variants evade critical antibody residues required for binding and immune detection and may affect vaccine efficacy. In this webinar, scientists will discuss the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants and strategies for monitoring, tracking, and mitigating SARS-CoV-2 escape variants.

Topics to be covered

  • How to build and sustain a SARS-CoV-2 variant sequencing core
  • Overcoming SARS-CoV-2 variants by IgM antibodies

Speaker Information:


Dirk P. Dittmer, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Program Leader Global Oncology

Program Leader Virology

Director, UNC Vironomics Core

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Zhiqiang Ku, PhD                                                                          

Postdoctoral Fellow

Laboratory of Zhiqiang An, PhD

Texas Therapeutic Institute

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


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