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Combating COVID-19: Labs pivot to fight a common enemy

Labs retooled to investigate how the virus causes disease and to develop drugs, vaccines and diagnostics

by Tamara BhandariMarch 11, 2021

Two postdoctoral researchers wearing white biohazard suits and purple gloves work on the novel coronavirus in a biosafety level-3 lab. In the foreground, one of the researchers holds out his arm to spray his suit with an aerosol from a can.

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Tamara covers pathology, immunology, medical microbiology, cell biology, neurology, and radiology. She holds a bachelor's degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and in sociology from Yale University, a master's in public health/infectious diseases from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in infectious disease immunology from the University of California, San Diego. Tamara worked in laboratories for about a decade before switching to science journalism. She joined Medical Public Affairs in 2016.