Arinjay Banerjee plays key role in isolating COVID-19

Dr. Arinjay Banerjee graduated (2012 batch) in Microbiology and Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, did his M.Sc from the National Institute of Virology and Ph.D. on bat viruses at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Arinjay Banerjee, a scientist who specializes in coronaviruses and bats helped isolate the SARS-CoV-2 virus [the agent responsible for COVID-19], in just a few weeks at McMaster University’s Institute for Infectious Disease Research.

The team of researchers also included Dr. Samira Mubareka (Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician, Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital), Dr. Rob Kozak (Microbiologist, Toronto University), and Dr. Karen Mossman (Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton). The isolation of the virus has raised the hopes to develop vaccines and treatments to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Arinjay Banerjee’s studies confirm that this coronavirus is easily transmissible but less pathogenic than SARS & MERS; good public health practices and hygiene will help to control the Covid-19 pandemic.