Scientist: Maria-Alejandra Tortorici

M. Alejandra Tortorici profileM. Alejandra Tortorici works as a virologist at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. She is also visiting scientist at the Biochemistry Department, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Dr Tortorici holds a Bachelor in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, and a PhD from the University of La Plata. She carried out postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, USA and at the Molecular and Structural Virology Laboratory CNRS-INRA, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. During her research career, she focused on human and animal virus pathogens, with the goal of better understanding their mechanism of entry into cells and replication in order to develop new and better treatments.

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr M. Alejandra Tortorici about passive immunisation for COVID-19

M. Alejandra Tortorici works as a virologist at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. She is also visiting scientist at the Biochemistry Department, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Dr Tortorici holds a Bachelor in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, and a PhD from the University of La Plata. She carried out postdoctoral studies ...

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Passive immunisation for COVID-19

There is currently no specific treatment for SARS-CoV-2. However, a number of treatments have been explored in patients with life-threatening COVID-19 (such as antimalarial drugs, antivirals, immunomodulatory agents, and glucocorticoids) with varying results. Convalescent plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients, containing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, could potentially be an effective therapeutic tool. In addition, preclinical studies ...