Lecture shared with permission from Dr. Selena Sagan of McGill University. This lecture is part of GCRC & Friends, an ongoing public lecture series that interviews leading figures from the Goodman Cancer Research Center. This lecture by Dr. Selena Sagan covers the biology and origins of SARS-CoV-2 and the broader coronavirus family.
Dr. Selena M. Sagan is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry at McGill University. She is a Canada Research Chair in RNA Biology and Viral Infections.
- What is a virus?
- What is a Coronavirus?
- SARS-CoV-2 is the causative agent of COVID-19
- Emergence of SARS-CoV-2
- SARS-CoV-2 evolves through two main mechanisms
- SARS-CoV-2 compared with other respiratory viruses
- Protective measures, vaccines and antivirals (Remdesivir)
- How can we be prepared to tackle emerging viruses in the future?