January 13 at 10:00 - 11:00, 2022 (JST)
Dr. Wataru Nishima (Scientist, New Mexico Consortium, Mexico)
via Zoom

Nishima et al. recently published a paper about a computational model of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein [1].
Although it is still a hypothesis due to the lack of direct experimental evidence, the story comprehensively explains the initial infection process of SARS-CoV-2 consistent with most of the empirical evidence.
In the presentation, I would like to explain the overview of the infection process for the non-expert audience and how the hypothesis influences the current COVID-19 situation. If time permits, I would like to briefly explain the current plan of the iTHEMS-NMC COVID project, which is going to be the first case of undergoing an interdisciplinary collaboration framework between Japan and the US.


  1. Wataru Nishima and Marta Kulik, Full-Length Computational Model of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein and Its Implications for a Viral Membrane Fusion Mechanism, Viruses, 13(6) (2021), doi: 10.3390/v13061126

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