Virtual Days of Science in Lublin: Decoding the human coronaviruses

The second day of Virtual Days of Science in Lublin, which is September 23 this year. will be devoted to the issues related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses. The first project of the day, titled "Decoding human coronaviruses", will be presented by prof. dr hab. Agnieszka Szuster-Ciesielska from the Department of Immunology and Virology, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, UMCS.

Prof. dr hab. Agnieszka Szuster-Ciesielska graduated in microbiology at the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Prof. Szuster-Ciesielska received her PhD in biological sciences at the Department of Virology and Immunology, where she studied modulation of non-specific cattle immunity. Prof. Szuster-Ciesielska is also the recipient of the Dr. Bares Award (2011)" in the International Competition for the best scientific publication in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology category and the prestigious Maria Curie Prize for research into the malaria antigen. In 2014, prof. Szuster-Ciesielska was appointed professor of biological sciences and later in 2019 to date she was has served in the capacity of Deputy Director of the Institute of Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology of UMCS.

"Decoding the human coronaviruses"

The name of the coronaviruses comes from the characteristic spikes with rounded ends on their surface that, according to virologists, resembled the sun's corona. These viruses are very common, and probably every adult has been infected by them many times in their lifetime. The first human coronaviruses were discovered in the mid-1960s and we now know seven species of coronaviruses that infect humans. Four types of viruses are responsible for around 30% of colds, with common symptoms such as sore throats, coughs, and stuffy nose. SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV are epidemic viruses, and the newly discovered SARS-CoV-2 virus is causing the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We invite you to visit the website of the Lublin University of Inspiration, where a detailed program is available and the event will be broadcast.

The event was co-financed by the "Social Responsibility of Science" program of the Minister of Science and Higher Education.



    Ellen Chkhitadze
    Date of addition
    18 September 2020

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