Dr. Milena Samojlovic - Mapping Neutralizing Antibody Epitopes for COVID-19 Vaccines

Research Topic

Disentangling and visualizing the key epitopes for neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 at the atomic level - Implications for development of vaccines against COVID-19.

Interviewee Information

Dr. Milena Samojlovic
Ph.D. and Postdoc at Systems Virology team, Lund University

Description of the research project

Milena's research interests focus on understanding virus-host interactions, factors for virus entry, pathogenicity and immunogenicity, mechanisms of viruses to evade immune system, humoral immune response and possibilities of vaccine development. By studying SARS-CoV-2 spike protein mutations, its ability to diversify and adapt, as well as antibody interactions, her research studies aim to create a pipeline to enable better understanding of these and future pathogens and ways to fight them in early stages through vaccines and new drug development.