When an infectious disease outbreak happens, medical workers and public health officials mobilize, but there are also teams of researchers that snap into action. Dr. Tracey Goldstein and Dr. Koen Van Rompay are both actively involved in different initiatives to find answers surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic. They talk about the process of studying coronaviruses and other infectious diseases, the steps taken once an outbreak hits, and the ways in which this process could change for the better. The changing world we live in makes predicting outbreaks a challenge, but each one teaches us something new about how to understand and to respond to the next.
To find out more about our conversations with Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Van Rompay, you can read their extended interviews here:
Tracey Goldstein is a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology and Associate Director of the One Health Institute. Dr. Goldstein is Co-Principal Investigator and Pathogen Detection lead for PREDICT, a project of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats program. She oversees the One Health Institute Laboratory and the Marine Ecosystem Health Diagnostic and… Continue Reading
Koen Van Rompay is a veterinary researcher from Belgium, who completed his PhD at UC Davis. He is a Core Scientist in the Infectious Disease Unit at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis. Dr. Van Rompay’s expertise is in nonhuman primate models of viral infections, most notably HIV and Zika virus,… Continue Reading