Attacking the coronavirus

UF Health researchers work to develop COVID-19 vaccine using gene therapy technique

By: Doug Bennett
covid UF Health researcher Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., is working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that uses a gene therapy technique to fight off the virus. Kirsten Coleman, assistant director of research administration for the Powell Gene Therapy Center (foreground), lab technician Megan Wichman and biological scientist Lochlin Cravey are shown in Byrne’s lab.
Byrne Barry J. Byrne, M.D., Ph.D. Jesse S. Jones
“This is a virus that can change very rapidly. That is concerning because it means any vaccine made today may be ineffective tomorrow.”
— Barry J. Byrne, M.D., Ph.D.