May 23, 2022
David AuCoin, Ph.D. & Subhash Verma, PhD

The presentation today will focus on COVID-19.  There will be a short background discussion of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants along with a discussion of the COVID research topics that UNR MED Department of Microbiology and Immunology has been engaged in.  Finally, we hope to discuss the impact the SARS-CoV-2 virus will have on our community and the globe in the future.  

David AuCoin is a Professor and Chair within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med). Dr. AuCoin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst followed by a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada.  He completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University.  His primary research focus is to develop antibody-based diagnostics and therapeutics for infectious diseases. 

Subhash Verma is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Verma received his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Banaras Hindu University and completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Verma is a virologist, and his laboratory works on various viruses, including cancer-causing herpes virus, Zika virus, and human coronaviruses.