La Rissa Vasquez
“Rather than rely on appeals to authority, misinformation, or consensus-formed opinions about COVID, I felt empowered to research the virus so that I could be in control of what I understood. Sharing that information with others is the purpose of this review.”
—La Rissa Vasquez
Term paper for HDE 117: Longevity
Vasquez’s paper gives an in-depth synopsis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), focusing on its innate and adaptive immune responses. Vasquez’s work pulls from a diverse range of sources, including autopsy reports, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and peer-reviewed journals.
In Her Own Words
Read La Rissa’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.