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Dr. Shamkumar Nambulli, a researcher from the Center for Vaccine Research, worked on the delivery of the nanobodies to hamsters to fight against COVID-19 and neutralize the virus’ effect on the body.

Pitt researchers discover possible new COVID-19 treatment

By Shreya Joshi, For The Pitt News July 14, 2021
Pitt researchers published a scientific paper detailing the idea of delivering nanobodies — antibodies derived from mammals in the camel family and 10 times smaller than traditional human antibodies — to hamsters who were severely infected by COVID-19.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pitt’s Dr. Yi Shi and Dr. Paul Duprex discussed the potential of nanobodies isolated from Wally the llama’s blood as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.

Pitt researchers find COVID-19 breakthrough in llama nanobodies

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer November 6, 2020
Yi Shi, an assistant professor of cell biology, is using antibodies from an unconventional source to develop a COVID-19 treatment — Wally the llama.
Dr. Paul Duprex, director of Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research, announced at Wednesday’s Senate Council meeting that the University seeks to acquire samples of the novel coronavirus in an effort to develop an intervention.

Pitt seeks to develop novel coronavirus vaccine

By Jon Moss and Lucy Li February 13, 2020
A high-level Pitt health official announced Wednesday that the University will acquire samples of the novel coronavirus in an effort to develop an intervention, such as a vaccine.
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