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Moderna scientist to speak about COVID vaccine development

Melissa J. Moore, emeritus chief scientific officer of Moderna, will visit campus Dec. 1-2 as this year’s speaker for the Efraim Racker Lecture in Biology and Medicine.


Moore’s public lecture, “mRNA as Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccine and Beyond,” will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in Room G10 of the Biotechnology Building. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Racker Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and is named for the late Efraim Racker, the Albert Einstein Professor of Biochemistry and chair of the Section of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology at Cornell.

From 2016-2021, Moore led the early-stage research teams developing Moderna’s platform technologies in mRNA design and delivery. These technologies were foundational for Moderna’s ability to rapidly create a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine. Since 2021, her main focus has now become communicating the science of mRNA medicines both internally and to the outside world. 

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