Covid19 Management: Problems with plasma therapy

Plasma therapy has been removed from ICMR’s treatment guidelines. Through this video, I explain why plasma is not useful in treating #Covid19. This is an effort to convey the latest scientific evidence to you in an easy language. I hope this video helps you understand the issue better. Please share this in your circles.

The ‘fungus’ infecting Covid patients in India

The devastating second Covid wave left Indians baffled. On top of it emergence of secondary infections due to fungus further aggregated the situation. Mucormycosis is a fungal infection caused by the exposure to mucor mould, commonly found in soil, air, spoiled food, decaying fruits and vegetables. To raise awareness about Mucormycosis, we teamed up withContinue reading “The ‘fungus’ infecting Covid patients in India”

Understanding Immune Response to COVID-19

Although the immune response to COVID-19 remains to be understood entirely, science has come a long way in breaking down the basics of immunology in COVID-19. While the immune system may be one of the most complicated systems to understand, we will try to explore how our immune system reacts to the coronavirus infection with the help of an example.

Hypoxemia: A silent harbinger of oxygen crisis in patients of India’s second Covid-19 wave

India faces an aggressive second wave of Covid-19 and reporting the world’s highest number of new Coronavirus positive cases for the last few days. However, the second wave is grappling the country with asymptomatic cases. Thus, experts suggesting the world’s most extensive vaccination program need acceleration.

COVID-19 management at home

Dr. Ujjwal Rathore, a virologist at the University of California-San Francisco, while being closely involved with coronavirus research has spent a significant amount of time and effort in providing useful advice to multiple members of his family, and others afflicted by COVID-19. In this video (in Hindi), he talks about how to deal with COVID-19 at home, when to seek medical advice and separates facts from fiction. Please watch and share the video widely- science can save lives!

Finding the dynamic key to the COVID-19 lock

Dr. Nikhil Tulsian’s interview with Bio Patrika hosting “Vigyan Patrika”, a series of author interviews. Dr. Nikhil, a co-first author of the recently published article in eLife, is a skilled biochemist who is interested in characterization of protein-protein interactions using a range of biophysical methods including mass spectrometry, fluorescence spectroscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. Currently, he is a joint postdoctoral fellow at Dept. of Biological Sciences and Dept. of Biochemistry in National University of Singapore. Dr. Nikhil obtained his Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2017 and completed his Master’s degree from University of Hyderabad in 2012. Here, Nikhil talks about his work on ‘SARS-CoV-2 S protein:ACE2 interaction reveals novel allosteric targets’ published in eLife (2021).

Bio Patrika interviews Dr. Datta on her thoughts about “method to rapidly identify target sites of HIV virus neutralizing antibodies”

Dr. Rohini Datta’s interview with Bio Patrika hosting “Vigyan Patrika”, a series of author interviews. Dr. Datta is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of Jin Billy Li at Department of Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA. Work presented here is done as part of her PhD thesis in the lab of Prof. Raghavan Varadarajan at Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Rohini published a paper entitled “A facile method of mapping HIV-1 neutralizing epitopes using chemically masked cysteines and deep sequencing” as a first author in Proc Natl Acad Sci USA journal (2020).