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Biotechnology to Combat COVID-19

Megha Agrawal

Biotechnology Kiosk, formerly University of Illinois at Chicago

Co-founder and executive publisher of Biotechnology Kiosk, an international scientific magazine in the USA. She held senior academic positions at top-tier US institutions including the University of Florida at Gainesville, Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, and the University of Illinois.


Shyamasri Biswas

Biotechnology Kiosk, formerly University of Florida

Co-founder and executive publisher of Biotechnology Kiosk and Chairman of USA PRIME BIOTECH. LLC. who worked as a scientist in several labs which include the University of Massachusetts, North Carolina State University and the University of Florida at Gainesville.


Biological Transmission Infectious Agent Viral Protein Crystal Structure Sequencing PCR Microfluidics Therapeutics Anti-viral Drugs Therapeutic Targets Vaccines Protein Engineering

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The recent emergence of a novel, pathogenic coronavirus known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, officially COVID-19) and its subsequent rapid spread across the world has put the global health at risk. The ongoing efforts are focused on gaining insights into the epidemiology along with the discovered genome structure and important viral factors of SARS-CoV-2. Biotechnology-based innovative solutions are being sought to develop new rapid methods including point-of-care diagnostics and surveillance technologies to detect SARS-CoV-2 early in order to control the disease and mitigate it in a timely fashion. These efforts have also focused on investigating therapeutics including significant breakthroughs in clinical trials on antiviral drugs and vaccines to alleviate the challenges of COVID-19.

This book intends to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in epidemiology, transmission and genome structure along with the latest breakthroughs in diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to combat COVID-19.

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Date completed: September 14th 2020

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Deadline for chapter proposals: October 12th 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: December 11th 2020

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Review results due: March 1st 2021

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Expected publication date: April 30th 2021

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Megha Agrawal

Biotechnology Kiosk, formerly University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Megha Agrawal is co-founder and executive publisher of Biotechnology Kiosk, an international scientific magazine in the USA. She has held senior academic positions at top-tier US institutions including University of Florida at Gainesville, Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a research faculty and principal investigator. She received her Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee, which is one of the premier institutions in India with an outstanding reputation across the globe. Dr. Agrawal’s research has impacted significantly to initiate new areas in neurodegeneration, neuroprotection and novel approaches to treat cerebral stroke related injuries and prevention. She has published in internationally prestigious scientific journals in the field of biotechnology, neuroscience, stroke and molecular biology. Dr. Agrawal also serves as an Associate Editor for the international journal ‘Frontiers in Molecular Bioscience (Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics)’, a Nature-Frontier publication. In addition, she is on the editorial board of Drug and Metabolism Reviews and a contributing editor in Vacuum Advances in Biotechnology for Vacuum Technology and Coating Magazine and writes a monthly column in biotechnology.

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