S01E06: Ninan Abraham on how the immune system protects us from pathogens like SARS-CoV-2

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Our guest for this episode is Ninan Abraham, professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Department of Zoology at UBC. Abraham is also a member of the Infection, Inflammation and Immunity Research Group, and an expert on immunity to respiratory tract pathogens such as Influenza A, and more recently, COVID-19.

In this episode, Kalina Christoff and Ninan Abraham discuss how it’s possible for the same pathogen, such as SARS-CoV-2, to produce such vastly different responses in different individuals.

This episode was produced remotely, with Abraham and Christoff recording from their respective homes.

Stay tuned for our next episode, featuring a conversation with Lisa Sundstrom (UBC Political Science) on what Western societies can learn from Russia and Eastern Europe about protecting civil liberties and coping with hardship in times of crisis.

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Links to content mentioned in this episode:

Thevarajan, I., Nguyen, T.H.O., Koutsakos, M. et al. Breadth of concomitant immune responses prior to patient recovery: a case report of non-severe COVID-19. Nat Med (2020)

Huang, C., Wang, Y., Li, X. et al. Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. The Lancet (2020)