CBIS Students


Aspects that are playing a role in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic

Diagnostics play an important role in the containment of COVID-19, enabling the rapid implementation of control measures that limit the spread through case identification, isolation, and contact tracing.  The course will describe current diagnostic tests, what we know about re-purposing drugs for COVID-19, biological properties of SARS-CoV-2, surveillance technology to curb the spread and the genomics behind contact-tracing. The difference between environments with different biosafety levels will be discussed.


  • The implications of testing, diagnosis and drug re-purposing
  • The power of Genomics for SARS-CoV-2 strain identification- the genetic foundation of “contact-tracing”
  • What are Biosafety Levels? Differences between BSL2 and BSL3


Sergey Pryshchep PhD.
Director Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Cell and Molecular Biology Core.
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
E-mail: pryshs@rpi.edu

Yang Bai PhD
Director of the Genomics Core Facility
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Email: baiy4@rpi.edu