Completing their postdoctoral studies inside the biocontainment level 3 facility in ImPaKT, two trainees, Mariya Goncheva, PhD, and Corby Fink, PhD, are part of a research team working to better understand the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo by Crystal Mackay, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

Training infectious disease research leaders to tackle the next pandemic

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Before entering the lab each morning, Mariya Goncheva, PhD, puts on clean scrubs, two pairs of booties, two pairs of gloves, a gown and a full hood that covers her entire head and shoulders. She is connected by a hose to a positive pressure powered air respirator which pumps clean air into the hood.

Inside the Imaging Pathogens for Knowledge Translation (ImPaKT) Facility at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Goncheva is working with live SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, so not a millimetre of skin can be exposed, and every molecule of air she breathes has to be filtered….

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