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SUNY Downstate: Faculty Investigates Genetic Evolution of Wuhan Coronavirus

Dr. Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is one of six researchers at five institutions that have formed an international ad-hoc initiative to uncover clues as to the evolutionary trajectory of this form of coronavirus by untangling the virus’ genetic evolution over time and space.

Dr. Kolokotronis likens he and his colleagues to scientific detectives. They look at the genetic profile of the virus as it presents in each patient within the larger context of coronavirus diversity. Other variables that may be considered as the transmission continues are when certain patients began showing symptoms, where they have been, who they have been with, whether it had been transmitted to them by someone else or someone else has contracted it from them, and a host of other clues in an unending effort to uncover important insights.

“Our job is to examine the genotype of the virus in its various mutations and connect the dots as to how the virus is behaving genomically, the speed and manner in which it mutates and spreads, and by doing so over time, provide insights that will be foundational to any public health effort to combat and mitigate this deadly strain of coronavirus,” Dr. Kolokotronis says.

Please see the press release for more information.

Hear Dr. Kolokotronis’s interview with ABC7 Eyewitness News regarding his investigative research on the coronavirus.

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