An Indian researcher who leads the system virology lab of Sweden’s most prestigious Karolinska institute, Ujjwal Neogi and his team are trying to analyze how our body responds when the virus attacks. Neogi’s research group is working to understand how the COVID-19 virus performs its deadly feat of hijacking the cells’ mechanism to replicate itself. His group is among the few in Sweden that started culturing the virus at the very beginning of the pandemic.
Neogi is an Associate Professor of Karolinska institute. The institute is among the highest ranked medical universities in the world. He explained about his research work “My research group at Karolinska is working to understand how our body responds when the virus attacks. We mainly work with the RNA viruses that have high potential to cause pandemics like HIV-1, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses (CCHFV) and now coronaviruses. We reported several mechanisms that show how the virus replicates inside the body. One of our works is to identify antivirals to repurpose existing antivirals that target other RNA viruses, once they are approved, can also be attractive. "