Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Episode 018: Where Cures Begin – COVID-19 Research

Where Cures Begin


Episode 018: Where Cures Begin – COVID-19 Research

In this bonus episode of Where Cures Begin, we hear about the parallels between polio and COVID-19, and how Salk is responding to the pandemic, from faculty in Salk’s NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis.

Professor Janelle Ayres is a molecular and systems physiologist who studies evolutionary theory and microbes to understand how all of our physiological systems and our brain interact with each other to promote optimal health.

Professor Susan Kaech aims to understand how memory T cells are produced during infection and vaccination, how they function and why they can fail to induce long-term immunity, particularly during chronic disease or cancer.

Professor Greg Lemke discovered a family of proteins called TAM receptors, which play a crucial role in regulating the response of the immune system to infection from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.

Professor Martin Hetzer is Salk’s VP/CSO, responsible for providing leadership in developing and implementing Salk’s overall scientific strategy, as well as overseeing research operations in support of that strategy. Additionally, his lab uses a variety of techniques to pose questions about how the human genome is organized inside a cell’s nucleus.

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