Jason McLellan, Ph.D., earned a B.S. in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry from Wayne State University in 2003. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and then carried out postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center.

His work led to studying coronavirus spike proteins, and McLellan and his team were able to map the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 spike, an important initial step toward development of a vaccine for COVID-19. “It was interesting to discover how the proteins interacted with the host cells and led to the work we did to stabilize vital proteins to isolate antibodies.”

This work eventually resulted in McLellan and his co-researchers winning a 2020 Golden Goose Award, which are awarded each year to groups of researchers whose federally funded research had led to major breakthroughs in biomedical research, medical treatments, and computing and communications technologies.

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