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Expert available for comment on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Materials Science

According to Rajesh R. Naik , "The current COVID19 crisis provides opportunities for the materials research community to provide solutions to overcome some of the challenges posed by the pandemic in areas such as decontamination, diagnostics and personal protective equipment by leveraging cutting-edge materials science and manufacturing solutions."

Naik received his BSc degree in microbiology from the University of Bombay (India), and PhD in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA).  Rajesh is currently the Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He serves as the primary science and technology adviser to the wing commander and he provides technical vision and strategy for the wing’s $250M science and technology program in human performance and operational medicine.  His team was actively involved in the COVID-19 pandemic response supporting Air Force, DoD and other governmental agencies. His personal research focuses on bionanotechnology, biosensors and materials science. He has published over 300+ articles and has received 13 patents. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Royal Society of Chemistry, International Society for Optics and Photonics, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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Research into SARS-CoV-2 mutation “hotspots” raises implications for vaccines and therapeutics
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Researchers have found at least 10 distinct “hotspot” mutations in more than 80% of randomly selected SAR-CoV-2 sequences from six countries, and these genome hotspots – seen as "typos" that can occur as the virus replicates during cellular division – could have a significant impact in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New “Buzz” about Fighting COVID-19 at Baltimore-Area Barbershops
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LifeBridge Health Partners with Live Chair Health to Offer Coronavirus Support And Expansion of Barbershop Health Screening Program

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Eccles School Launches Postdoctoral Program in Entrepreneurship & Strategy
University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business

The Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business launched a new postdoctoral fellowship program with the hire of Maria Kurakina, a young scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Released: 29-Sep-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Study supports airborne spread of COVID-19 indoors
University of Georgia

New research from the University of Georgia supports growing evidence for airborne transmission of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces.

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Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings
Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

With implications for the transmission of diseases like COVID-19, researchers have found that ordinary conversation creates a conical 'jet-like' airflow that quickly carries a spray of tiny droplets from a speaker's mouth across meters of an interior space.

Released: 29-Sep-2020 2:25 PM EDT
VirScan offers new insights into COVID-19 antibody response
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

A tool designed to detect viral history in a drop of blood has gotten an upgrade in the age of COVID-19.

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In a field where smaller is better, researchers discover the world's tiniest antibodies
University of Bath

Researchers at the University of Bath in the UK and biopharma company UCB have found a way to produce miniaturised antibodies, opening the way for a potential new class of treatments for diseases.


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