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January 5, 2021

Research Administrators Council meeting to feature Chang's coronavirus research

Submitted by Carole Lovin

Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang will present his current research involving the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at the Research Administrators Council quarterly meeting, 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 12, via Zoom.

While human coronaviruses generally cause the common cold, a mild upper respiratory illness, global outbreaks of new human coronavirus infections with severe respiratory disease have periodically emerged from animals. These include SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Chang's lab has been working on the discovery of broad-spectrum inhibitors of multiple viruses and on a series of compounds that potently inhibit human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture, and display in vivo efficacy in the mouse model of human coronavirus infection. Chang's research group is also working on SAR-CoV-2 pseudovirus system to study the virus entry, host specificity and neutralizing antibodies.

A Zoom link and password will be sent out on the Research Administrators Council listserv. All in the university community are welcome. Please contact Terri Fayle at tfayle@k-state.edu for the Zoom link if you are not on the listserv and plan to attend.