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Using Plants to Make Medicines

Learn how plants can be used to make vaccines.

Rod Russell

Dr. Rod Russell

Professor of Virology and Immunology

I run a research lab where we study viruses and how they cause disease.
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Arinjay Banerjee (he/him)

Research Scientist and Principal Investigator

I am a scientist and I study how viruses evolve and interact with our immune system.
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Summer Symposium Series: Health Sciences Career Resources

A career in the health sciences would let you help people directly in a very 'hands-on' way!

Medical staff distributing COVID-19 vaccines

What’s Special About the New COVID-19 Vaccines?

Learn about viruses, vaccines and why the new COVID-19 vaccines are innovative.

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Creating a Vaccine for COVID-19 in Canada

Learn how vaccines are developed, how they work and how some scientists in Canada are researching vaccines for COVID-19.

Yellow fever virus

Where Did Viruses Come From?

Viruses are not living things - so where did they come from? Scientists have proposed three different hypotheses.

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Herd Immunity: How Vaccines Protect the Most Vulnerable

What is herd immunity and how does it protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities?

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Immunity and Vaccination

Learn about the history of vaccines and how vaccines trigger an immune response that keep us from getting some dangerous diseases.

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Rosadelle Tirados

Biomedical Scientist

Rosadelle Tirados is a Biomedical Scientist for the National Health Service.
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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 learning resources and suggestions for discussing with students.


Introduction to Viruses

Learn about the basics of viruses.

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The Surprising Reason You Feel Awful When You're Sick

Viruses can make you feel awful! This article explains how feeling bad might be your immune system’s way of helping you heal.

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Phages vs. Antibiotics

Many doctors prescribe antibiotics to cure infections. But should they be prescribing viruses instead?

Bottle of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine

Measles and Measles Prevention

Learn about the measles virus, its impact and vaccination for prevention of the disease.