MSUToday
Published: June 19, 2020

High-resolution proteins being built to fight COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, MSU researchers are rising to the occasion and spearheading projects that seek to aid the international efforts to develop treatments for the virus. One such researcher is Michael Feig who is part of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MSU. He and his postdoc Lim Heo generated high accuracy models for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Seeing as these structural models were not available previously from experiment, these high accuracy models can now be used in further studies that test how certain chemicals respond to the proteins. These models are used as a starting point by other researchers for screening existing drugs or developing new drugs for their potential usage in treating COVID-19.

To read the full story and view a video with Feig, go to ICER.

Michael Feig, MSU professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Courtesy photo.