COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Alessandro Sette

Defining the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 is critical for development of vaccines against COVID-19 and may also shed light on the variable disease severity observed in humans. This short Q&A session with Dr. Alessandro Sette, an expert with more than 30 years research experience on the immune system, highlights cutting edge research on the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Dr. Sette introduces the concept of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system and its role in the immune system. He reviews his recent work on identifying likely SARS-CoV-2 epitopes based on the substantial existing data from on the closely-related SARS-CoV virus. Finally, Dr. Sette addresses potential next steps towards vaccine development, including the important role of preclinical animal models in vaccine research.

Alessandro Sette, Dr. Biol.Sci.

La Jolla Institute

  • Professor in the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Center
  • A leader in the field of T cell epitope-MHC interactions, beginning with his contribution to the discovery of the biological function of MHC in the mid 80s to mid 90s

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