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Lin Li and his colleagues at UT El Paso use physics-based approaches and computational tools to study biological problems that are important to human health. Since January 2020, the entire team has been focused on COVID-19.

Currently, the focus of their study involves the crucial interaction of the S-protein and ACE2—both proteins must interact for the virus to infect the human cell.

TACC supercomputers (Stampede2, Lonestar5) enable their research by allowing Li's team to perform simulations with high resolution in time, length, and size.

This knowledge will help scientists test different drugs that are critical to the development of coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics now and for future viruses.


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