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Monica Olvera, the Mexican scientist who discovered how to weaken COVID-19

The Mexican scientist Monica Olvera de la Cruz led a research group that has discovered a method to weaken the COVID-19 infection, this after detecting a vulnerability in the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Olvera de la Cruz graduated in Physics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1981 and obtained a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1985. Originally from Mexico City, the specialist focuses on the development of models of self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules, that is, the recovery of these from a planned distribution.

It was in 1986 when he joined Northwestern University, where he has made his most recent discovery around SARS-CoV-2. In that house of studies she is also a teacher of subjects such as Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, among other disciplines that she teaches.

His experience has been shared in other study centers, as he has also gone through universities such as Princeton and has been part of specialized bodies, such as the Advisory Committee of the Directorate of Physical Sciences and Mathematics of the NSF and the Committee of Solid State Science, from the National Research Council; as well as the Macromolecules Editorial Board of the Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics.

Its contribution to science has been significant, since it has served to develop new fields of research of technological importance, such as the case of the dynamics of gel electrophoresis to separate molecules, as well as the self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules in complex nanostructures. , one of the methods by which he discovered that the S protein of SARS-CoV-2 has a polybasic cleavage site in which the union between the virus and the human body occurs.

The doctor has been recognized with scholarships of scientific impact, in addition to being selected as an elected member of the American Philosophical Society 2020 and deserving of the title of distinguished professor by the National Science Foundation of the United States in 2013.

Among the awards he has received are the 2017 Polymer Physics by the American Physical Society; the Cozzarelli of the National Academy of Sciences, in 2007; the Presidential to Young Researcher 1990-95 of the National Science Foundation.

In addition to having a multiplicity of published articles, Olvera de la Cruz has directed educational programs and has taught at prestigious schools.

She currently serves as an international scientific advisor, contributing to countries such as Spain and Germany. In addition, she is the director of the Center for Computing and Theory of White Materials and deputy director of the Center for Bioinspired Energy Sciences.









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