Know Your Enemy

Research to examine how coronaviruses spread in the body.

Anita Nag, associate professor of chemistry, received a $406,500 award from the National Institutes of Health to support research on the SARS coronavirus. Nag and her research colleagues at the University of South Carolina and USC’s Greenville School of Medicine are seeking to understand how a viral protein in the SARS virus selectively takes control of a cell’s machinery to help itself spread.

Upstate students will also benefit from the grant. “This funding will not only support our research but also provide a unique learning experience for three undergraduate students each semester, fostering their scientific growth and preparing them for future careers in the field,” Nag says.