A Unique Collaboration

This unique collaborative team brings together all the capabilities needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic – computational expertise, clinical experience, advanced laboratory proficiency, and a deep knowledge of human and coronavirus genetics.

COV-IRT Project Goals:

  • Enhance public datasets to reveal host infection dynamics for SARS-CoV-2 to improve medical treatment options for COVID-19 patients and Long COVID patients.

  • Determine and design optimal targets for therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2 and Long COVID

  • Creating new drug delivery systems based on targets

  • Test newly developed therapeutics in both in vitro and in vivo SARS-CoV-2 and Long COVID models

  • Apply for human clinical trials

  • Use our established knowledge and methods for other viruses and future pandemics

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Team Members

COV-IRT was founded by Dr. Afshin Beheshti, Dr. Todd Treangen, and Dr. Krista Ternus and is led by Dr. Beheshti. Members include scientists and experts from across the world, directors from both academic institutions and hospitals, senior and junior faculty, leaders from industry, graduate students, and postdocs.

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The Latest from the Newsroom

The COVID-19 International Research Team is already producing interesting analyses that can potentially bring mechanistic understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and help identify therapies. Visit the Newsroom for media coverage, research updates, upcoming events, and resources.

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