Expert lecture- Dr. Selena Sagan (McGill University) on SARS-CoV-2

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.

Speaker details:

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?

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