HFSP research grant alumnus Michael Meyer-Hermann is playing a central role in Germany's management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Meyer-Hermann in conversation with Guntram Bauer, HFSPO Director of Science Policy and Communications. The discussion centers around Michael's two HFSP grants and his recent work on modelling the COVID-19 pandemic.
A study by HFSP Long-Term Fellow Shira Weingarten-Gabbay and colleagues sheds light on an important yet overlooked source for T cell targets that can potentially increase COVID-19 vaccine efficacy. The team suggests that incorporating hidden T cell epitopes into future vaccines may improve T cell immunity.
HFSP grantee Young Seok Ju developed miniature models of critical lung structures called alveoli, and used them to study how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infects the lungs in the laboratory.
HFSP Long-Term Fellow Dae-Eun Jeong and colleagues developed a fast and extensive meta-search tool that led to the observation of SARS-CoV-2-homologous sequences in pangolin lung viromes.
HFSP alumna Fernanda de Felice is concerned that COVID-19 poses a risk to the brain and about the potential neurological consequences of infection.
A historic HFSP research grant awarded in 1996 for the project “Invertebrate molecular immunology: alloreactivity and putative immune genes” has been credited as one of the cornerstones of an impressive body of research that includes the development of a new protective barrier preventing COVID-19 virus attachment to human cells in the airway system.