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May 27: Understanding the Human Immune Response to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3:30pm ET

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The recency of COVID-19 has made it difficult to fully grasp how human immune systems respond to the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Yet, in order to create an accurate picture of COVID-19’s impact on society, this information is critical, particularly for serological (antibody) testing. It is clear that humans are producing antibodies against this virus. However, we still need to understand the specific types of antibodies being made, and how long after infection can we expect our bodies to make them. Our D4P Fellow, Dr. Odaelys Pollard, will present data from “Antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in patients with COVID-19,” which chronicles the antibody response from over 250 COVID-19 patients, and suggests a set of criteria for confirmation of infection.

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About our D4P Fellow:

Odaelys Pollard, PhD (she/her), Scientist Educator for RockEDU Science Outreach @ The Rockefeller University

Dr. Pollard is the scientist educator for RockEDU Science Outreach. Before joining RockEDU, Odaelys worked on a variety of different initiatives around science education and outreach, and is a champion for equitable access to science. Odaelys is a trained microbiologist/immunologist, having earned her PhD at New York Medical College, in Westchester NY.

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