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Virologist Angela Rasmussen to Deliver COVID-19 Public Talks

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09/15/20 | Virologist Angela Rasmussen to Deliver COVID-19 Public Talks

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Virologist Angela Rasmussen will deliver a three-part series of virtual talks, “Demystifying COVID-19: The Science of SARS-CoV-2,” on September 24, October 1, and October 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The series will be cohosted by Janelia and Loudoun County Public Library.

Angela Rasmussen headshot


Rasmussen will cover the following topics:

About Dr. Rasmussen

Rasmussen is a virologist who studies the way animals respond to viral infections. She has worked on a wide range of viruses, from the common cold to Ebola virus to avian flu. Now, she’s studying SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19.

In her research, Rasmussen hunts for clues to how viruses affect their hosts. She looks for particular signatures—changes in the way genes are behaving—that can predict whether someone is infected and how severe their case might be. That information can help scientists diagnose infections and design better drugs and vaccines. Rasmussen is particularly interested in new viruses, or ones that are likely to emerge due to climate change or ecological disruption.

Rasmussen is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Infection at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is also a member of the World Health Organization’s Ad Hoc Expert Group on Preclinical Models of COVID-19 Disease. She holds a PhD in microbiology from Columbia University, and previously worked as a researcher at the University of Washington.

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