Pandemic Pivot: Working in a Covid-19 Test Lab

Jun 11, 2020, 10:30 – 11:30 PM

Academic researchers all over the US have utilized their expertise to open COVID-19 diagnostic labs to combat this pandemic. Join us with researcher Hannah Karp to hear about current efforts and challenges in preparing Covid-19 test kits.

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About this event

Hannah Karp is a PhD student working for Professor Jennifer Doudna, a co-discoverer of CRISPR-cas systems. CRISPR-cas systems are able to make precise changes to the DNA of bacteria, animals and plants. My research aims to deliver CRISPR-cas into specific tissues/cells in the human body to better treat human genetic diseases.

Academic researchers all over the US have utilized their expertise to open COVID-19 diagnostic labs to combat this pandemic. In Berkeley, the Innovative Genomics Institute converted its laboratory equipment into a major COVID-19 testing facility within a few weeks of the US outbreak. This COVID-19 testing facility is run entirely by scientist volunteers and is crucial to gather epidemiological data and enable companies to re-open. As a volunteer scientist I have been helping to assembly testing kits which allow for this facility to test ~2,000 people a day (at capacity). 

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  • Hannah Karp


    PhD Candidate



Thursday, June 11, 2020
10:30 PM – 11:30 PM UTC


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