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UTSW researcher wins prestigious NIH Pioneer Award to look for answers to pandemics like COVID-19 in animal genes

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Dr. John Schoggins

Dr. John Schoggins, Associate Professor of Microbiology, who studies how the body’s innate immune system responds to coronaviruses is one of 10 recipients of the coveted NIH Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Schoggins will receive $3.5 million over the next five years to examine whether animals that carry viruses such as Ebola and SARS-CoV-2 possess antiviral genes that allow them to survive. The hope is that this information could help researchers develop treatments for humans who contract diseases like COVID-19.

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