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Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Jennifer Frazier in conversation with Dr. Joseph DeRisi, Professor of Biochemisty and Biophysics at UCSF and Co-President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Dr. DeRisi is an infectious disease specialist who uses new technologies to identify and understand viruses, and played a role in identifying SARS in 2003. DeRisi will talk about the biology of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2; the large testing facility the Biohub created within weeks; and insights into the virus from its genome. Send your questions for this week’s expert by posting them here.
Dr. Joseph DeRisi is Co-President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. He employs an interdisciplinary approach combining genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and bioengineering to study parasitic and viral infectious diseases in a wide range of organisms to discover and study novel or unrecognized biothreats. Early work in his lab contributed to the identification of the SARS coronavirus in 2003. In a parallel effort, Dr. DeRisi studies P. falciparum, the causative agent of the most deadly form of human malaria, to develop faster, better therapeutic options. He was one of the early pioneers of DNA microarray technology and whole genome expression profiling and is nationally recognized for his efforts to make this technology accessible and freely available.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1548297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.