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The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, February 8, 2021 will be “How mRNA is Revolutionizing Vaccines,” presented by Elisabeth Marnik, Ph.D.
Do you know what mRNA is? Do you know why it is so important to our cells? Every second our bodies are taking the directions contained in our DNA, making mRNA and then using the mRNA to make proteins. This process is fundamental to life at all levels – from bacteria to humans. Now, scientists have been able to adapt this process and use it to make COVID-19 vaccines in record time. This not only will help end the pandemic, but will dramatically change how vaccines are made in the future. In this talk we will discuss how our bodies use mRNA normally, and then how this process has been safely adapted for vaccines to protect us from COVID-19.
Elisabeth Marnik, Ph.D. received her B.S. from Central Connecticut State University and her Ph.D. from Tufts University. Previously a post-doctoral fellow in the MDIBL laboratory of Dustin Updike, Ph.D., Dr. Marnik is currently Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University. Her ongoing research with C. elegans focuses on an alternate pathway to regeneration: by recreating the properties of germ cells. Click here to learn more about Dr. Marnik’s experience at MDIBL.
The MDI Science Café series is held on the second Monday of the month through May, when the bimonthly summer series will begin.
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