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Confused about vaccines? A bioengineer breaks down the science

March 2, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

If your head is buzzing with facts and questions about vaccine options, doses, temperatures, rollouts, eligibility during the pandemic, you are not alone. With over two million COVID-related deaths worldwide as of February 1, 2021 and new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus worrying experts, the anxiety is justifiable. Stanford Engineering professor Markus Covert can help clear up some of the confusion.

In this event, Covert, a professor of bioengineering and, by courtesy, of chemical and systems biology, will deliver a short presentation on how vaccines came about, how they work, how safe they are and how long immunity lasts. Ample time will be reserved for a live Q&A (Zoom attendees only).

Markus Covert is a professor of bioengineering in the Stanford School of Engineering and, by courtesy, of chemical and systems biology in the School of Medicine. He led the team that created the first "whole-cell model", which simulated a bacterial organism in software. Covert leads an interdisciplinary lab that combines computer modeling and innovative experimental techniques to study the interactions between bacteria, viruses, and the mammalian immune system. He also teaches the highly popular Stanford science-of-cooking course, Bon Appétit, Marie Curie! The Science Behind Haute Cuisine.

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