Volume 2, Issue 1

It took a weekend to design a COVID-19 vaccine, and why we might not be prepared next time. By Taylor Engdahl

It took a weekend to design a COVID-19 vaccine,
and why we might not be prepared next time.

On January 11th, 2020, scientists around the globe awoke to the public deposition of the entire genome for the novel coronavirus – later known as SARS-CoV-2. That weekend, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin designed a vaccine based on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which adorns the surface of the virus... Click to read.

It took a weekend to design a COVID-19 vaccine, and why we might not be prepared next time. By Taylor Engdahl

It took a weekend to design a COVID-19 vaccine,
and why we might not be prepared next time.

On January 11th, 2020, scientists around the globe awoke to the public deposition of the entire genome for the novel coronavirus – later known as SARS-CoV-2. That weekend, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin designed a vaccine based on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which adorns the surface of the virus... Click to read.


SARS-CoV-2 is changing. What does that mean for vaccines and treatments? By Taylor Engdahl

SARS-CoV-2 is changing.
What does that mean for vaccines and treatments?

SARS-CoV-2 is gaining momentum in the evolutionary arms race. The question is: will our vaccines and antibody therapeutics remain effective against emerging variants?... Click to read.

SARS-CoV-2 is changing. What does that mean for vaccines and treatments? By Taylor Engdahl

SARS-CoV-2 is changing.
What does that mean for vaccines and treatments?

SARS-CoV-2 is gaining momentum in the evolutionary arms race. The question is: will our vaccines and antibody therapeutics remain effective against emerging variants?... Click to read.


Previous Articles

Developing a Vaccine at Pandemic Speed by Chris Hofmann

A COVID-19 Vaccine:
Why We Need It and How We Get There Yesterday

Vaccines are typically developed through a lengthy, rigorous process that averages 10-15 years from inception to approval. The goal is to create a vaccine that is safe and with good immunogenicity, meaning it stimulates a strong immune response, to generate antibodies which can neutralize an invading pathogen... Click to read.


How good is your memory? Debating the duration of COVID-19 immunity by Caroline Cencer

How good is your memory?
Debating the duration of COVID-19 immunity.

So, what can we believe when it comes to COVID-19 and its lasting immunity?...So far results point to an order of 3-6 months...To truly understand what it means to have “lasting immunity”, we need to take a step back and return to the basis of immunological memory... Click to read.


Cancer Vaccines: Are We There Yet? By Sohini Roy, Ph.D.

Cancer Vaccines:
Are We There Yet?

The concept of immunity has intrigued humankind for centuries. From prehistoric times when disease was viewed as a form of punishment for wrong deeds by supernatural forces, to Louis Pasteur’s germ theory of disease, the field of immunology has come a long way.... Click to read.

Developing a Vaccine at Pandemic Speed by Chris Hofmann

A COVID-19 Vaccine:
Why We Need It and How We Get There Yesterday

Vaccines are typically developed through a lengthy, rigorous process that averages 10-15 years from inception to approval. The goal is to create a vaccine that is safe and with good immunogenicity, meaning it stimulates a strong immune response, to generate antibodies which can neutralize an invading pathogen... Click to read.


How good is your memory? Debating the duration of COVID-19 immunity by Caroline Cencer

How good is your memory?
Debating the duration of COVID-19 immunity.

So, what can we believe when it comes to COVID-19 and its lasting immunity?...So far results point to an order of 3-6 months...To truly understand what it means to have “lasting immunity”, we need to take a step back and return to the basis of immunological memory... Click to read.


Cancer Vaccines: Are We There Yet? By Sohini Roy, Ph.D.

Cancer Vaccines:
Are We There Yet?

The concept of immunity has intrigued humankind for centuries. From prehistoric times when disease was viewed as a form of punishment for wrong deeds by supernatural forces, to Louis Pasteur’s germ theory of disease, the field of immunology has come a long way.... Click to read.


VI4 Feature:
One year later, the VI4 DEI committee continues to work towards a better community.

VI4 DEI

 

On June 3rd, 2020, the VI4 launched the official DEI committee. One year later, it’s clear that the DEI committee has had an enduring impact, enacting change across the VI4 and larger Vanderbilt community to live up to the ideals set forth...

 

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Image Feature:
Colbie Chinowsky

Image

 

Model System: Ls174T-W4 cells (modified human colon adenocar​cinoma cells)
Channel coloring: Actin, stained with phalloidin, image is coded for intensity.
Mode of microscopy: structured illumination microscopy (SIM)

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