UFII COVID-19 SEED Awardees Virtual Seminar Series – Dr. Alberto Perez

UFII COVID-19 SEED Awardees Virtual Seminar Series – Dr. Alberto Perez

UFII COVID-19 SEED Awardees Virtual Seminar Series

Peptide inhibitors against the SARS-CoV2 spike protein by Dr. Alberto Perez

Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry

Friday, October 16, 2020

The spike protein covering the surface of the SARS-CoV2 virus has become iconic to recognize the Covid19 virus since the start of the pandemic. It is this spike protein that the virus uses to get a foothold into our cells. In this talk I will present our computational understanding of how the virus uses glycans to disguise itself from our immune system and how it is able to bind to our ACE2 proteins, facilitating entry into our cells. Our computational effort has been directed to the design of peptide inhibitors that are able to bind the Spike proteins and block them from interacting with ACE2. Time permitting, we will also overview our contribution to a world-wide effort (CASP-Commons) in predicting the structures of unknown SARS-CoV2 proteins, to provide new targets for drug repurposing.

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