Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover. But What About Viruses?

We’ve all heard the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Dr. Caryn Heldt, Director of the Health Research Institute here at Michigan Tech, is reversing that old adage to fight viruses.

Making quick judgments based on superficial features can introduce biased perceptions of others. But when it comes to viruses, Dr. Heldt’s research suggests that virus surface chemistry analyzed from small samples of a virus can be key to making quick characterizations and predictions.

ADVANCE applauds Dr. Heldt’s research (part of her NSF CAREER Award) featured recently on the Michigan Tech News blog as well as the collaborative efforts of her research team, recently published in Langmuir and highlighted in the BioTechniques Daily Newsletter.

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