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Dr. Evelien Bunnik was featured on KSAT News for her work studying levels of immunity in COVID-19 survivors.
Bunnik and her team are studying these antibodies in two unique ways.
“First, we are looking at what we call longitudinal responses, so we try to follow people over the course of a year, or even longer, to see what happens with their antibody levels and antibody responses,” Bunnik said. “We’re going to start small with about 10 people. You can imagine even with 10 people, multiple samples over the course of a year, that is a lot of samples to process.”
The second distinguishing factor is the mice they’re using for the tests. Bunnik’s colleague has a group of testing mice whose immune systems have been altered to work identically to humans. It’s called a humanized mouse. The combination of both approaches makes the work more important.
“It’s really exciting, and it makes me feel like I’m a part of something bigger,” she said.