Global COVID Lab Meeting

Spike mutations and recombination in SARS-CoV-2 pandemic viruses

May 21, 2020

Bette Korber

Los Alamos National Laboratory

About Bette Korber

Dr. Bette Korber, Ph.D., is a Laboratory Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group. She leads an interdisciplinary team that provides bioinformatics, theoretical, and statistical support in collaborative efforts with experimental researchers, focusing on the areas of HIV-1 viral diversity, the human immune response to infection, and vaccine design. She has also worked on Filoviruses, hepatitis C, and influenza viral evolution and vaccine designs, and, like so many, has recently begun to work on Coronavirus. Some of her vaccine design concepts have shown promise in animal studies, and her mosaic HIV vaccine concept is currently being evaluated in a human clinical trial, Imbokodo. Some of her awards and honors include: E.O. Lawrence Award, Department of Energy’s highest scientific honor (2004); Secretary of the Dept. of Energy Award for her work on the Ebola Task Force (2017); Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize (2018); R&D 100 Scientist of the Year (2018); Battelle’s Inventor of the Year (2019).