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University Grad Students Step Up To Fill U.S. Coronavirus Testing Void

Academic science labs around the U.S. are rapidly gearing up to run coronavirus tests for patients in need. They’re drawing resources from across campus: technology, chemicals and a formidable workforce — graduate students.

“Normally, when people say they need someone in an emergency, it’s not a science grad student,” says Katie Cabral, a bioengineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Francisco. “But in this case, my particular qualifications are exactly what is needed.”

Cabral is volunteering at a new testing center organized by UCSF and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a biomedical research collaborative in San Francisco. Facilities normally dedicated to cutting-edge research are being switched over to coronavirus testing and they put out a call for student help.


Genomics, Infectious Disease


UC Berkeley



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