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At Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, brain scientists are pivoting from their own research and launching new efforts to combat the novel coronavirus. Lab in the Time of Coronavirus explores these projects and the daily lives of the researchers behind them.

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At Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, brain scientists are pivoting from their own research and launching new efforts to combat the novel coronavirus. Lab in the Time of Coronavirus explores these projects and the daily lives of the researchers behind them.

    Digital Defense

    Digital Defense

    You’re a graduate student. You’ve spent five to seven years in the lab, doing experiments and analyzing data. At last, the big day comes to present your PhD research, defend your written thesis and get your degree. Then COVID breaks out. Tune in to hear the stories of four women who gave one of the biggest presentations of their lives, their thesis defense, over Zoom. Follow them as they prepared their bedrooms and their basements, grappled with technical issues and discovered surprising advantages to defending online.

    • 12 min
    Masks Come Clean

    Masks Come Clean

    Across the country and the world, people are getting into the habit of wearing face masks to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. But what’s the proper way to clean a mask when it may have become contaminated? What should someone do with their mask after visiting the grocery store or working a shift in a warehouse? Meet a team of Columbia researchers testing out different procedures for sterilizing N95 face masks at home, using common appliances that generate heat. They’re digging through the science to debunk myths about mask use and designing experiments to help people stay safe as the pandemic continues.

    • 11 min
    Harnessing Antibodies

    Harnessing Antibodies

    As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, researchers in New York are developing a strategy for curbing the pandemic that might be available sooner: treating people who have the virus with antibodies collected from those who have recovered. Tune in to hear about their efforts: from using powerful microscopes to map the atomic structure of the virus to learning how it evades detection by the immune system. And imagine a future in which an injection could prevent or cure the disease.

    • 12 min
    Making a COVID-19 Home Test

    Making a COVID-19 Home Test

     As America loosens its COVID-19 restrictions, many worry that a second wave of the virus will emerge. To avoid this scenario, scientists around the country are developing new coronavirus tests. Being able to track who is infected, before symptoms emerge, could help to curb transmission of the virus and keep infection rates under control. At Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, a group led by scientist Andrés Bendesky is coming together to develop a home test: one that we could use to check ourselves once a week or even every day. The researchers behind the test, which has shown promise in the laboratory, plan to try it out at the Zuckerman Institute. Their work could help to keep people safe as the Institute and the nation ramp up activities.

    • 13 min
    Research, Going Viral

    Research, Going Viral

    In the midst of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, a new forum has emerged that brings together leading researchers, physicians and scholars from across the world. Every week, they’re sharing the latest research with a speed and openness unthinkable before the virus: at Columbia’s weekly Virtual COVID-19 Symposium.What are U.S. physicians learning from doctors in Italy? How can scientists develop treatments that keep up with the virus’ ability to mutate? What do we know about keeping healthcare workers healthy? How are people spending their money during the pandemic? Tune in to this week’s episode of Lab in the Time of Coronavirus to learn about this unique gathering, the questions it tackles and the collaborations it fosters. 

    • 12 min
    Scientists, Mobilized

    Scientists, Mobilized

    How did a young Columbia researcher organize hundreds of young scientists to combat coronavirus in a matter of days? It all started with a call for help sterilizing hospital masks. The overwhelming response he received laid the foundations for a veritable army of volunteers, called Columbia Researchers Against COVID-19 (CRAC).  This episode of Lab in the Time of Coronavirus follows the evolution of CRAC and introduces some of the many projects supported by this grassroots organization – from making use of its members’ scientific expertise to catalogue COVID samples for research studies, to drawing on their enthusiasm to wash scrubs and keep healthcare workers safe.

    • 13 min

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This Podcast is excellent well done and extremely informative. Thank to all for the outstanding work by the Zuckerman Institute Team.

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