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NSSS: A Tale of Two Pandemics: Smallpox and COVID-19

Professor Deb Chakravarti
  • What Natural Science Seminar Series student featured faculty Current Students
  • When Nov 12, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM (America/New_York / UTC-500)
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"A Tale of Two Pandemics: Smallpox and COVID-19"

Following introductions on Coronaviruses, “Typhoid Mary” – the legendary asymptomatic carrier, the talk will focus on the ongoing development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.

The importance of educating people on scientific facts in the backdrop of vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories will be discussed. The contribution of two distinguished alumni of The City University of New York in the global eradication of infectious diseases will also be highlighted.

Professor Deb Chakravarti joined the Department of Chemistry at York College of The City University of New York in the Spring of 2010. He is also the Director of the York College FDA Partnership. He obtained his B.Sc. (Chemistry), M.Sc., and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from the University of Calcutta; and D.Phil. (Immunochemistry) from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Rodney Porter, Nobel Laureate. This was followed by post-doctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Principal Research Scientist at Wyeth Vaccines (now Pfizer Vaccines), and Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professor at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences of The Claremont Colleges.

In academia and industry, Professor Chakravarti has worked on the research and development of vaccines against a number of infectious diseases including the application of genomics and proteomics, and was actively involved with some of the most successful conjugate vaccine products, such as HibTITER, Meningitec, and the megablockbuster pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar.

Co-sponsored by: Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science Club