The Coronavirus Structural Task Force examines the structures from SARS and SARS-CoV-2 which are released to evaluate the quality and improve the structures where possible. As we are a team of structural biology methods developers, we are also expert users and seek to get every last bit of information from the data.
We then offer the original authors to update their entry in the Protein Data Bank, and also make our checks and the improved structures available to downstream users, for example Folding@home, the EU JEDI COVID-19 challenge, MolSSI, 3DBionotes as well as modellers and drug developers all around the globe. In addition to that, we put the structures into context for newcomers to the field and reach out to the public about our work.
Downstream users can find guidance here.
We are 25 people from seven different countries ranging across nine time zones. Want to know more? Meet the team!
Want to join the team? Look at our vacancies!
And if you'd like to see what the media say, check out our Media page!
Coronavirus Structural Task Force postdoc Yunyun Gao at work. Picture courtesy of Judith Flurer / RVZ.
Coronavirus Structural Task Force member Andrea Thoen explains the virus to journalists from the Deutsche Welle. Picture courtesy of DW.
Coronavirus Structural Task Force members Ferdinand Kirsten has packed the dry shipper with samples to be measured. Picture courtesy of Kristopher Nolte.
TV Channel Bayrischer Rundfunk visits the task force and is shwon our brand new model. Picture courtesy of Judith Flurer / RVZ.
Whiteboard with all proteins that have experimentally determined structures. Picture courtesy of Andrea Thorn.
Coronavirus Structural Task Force member Andrea Thoen explains the virus to journalists from the magazine Straßenkreuzer. Picture courtesy of Annika Maaß www.anikamaass.de.
Coronavirus Structural Task Force members Yunyun Gao, Kristopher Nolte and Ferdinand Kirsten discuss important things. Yunyun Gao at work. Picture courtesy of Judith Flurer / RVZ.
ZDF filming Dr. Andrea Thorn. Picture courtesy of Cromarte Rogers.
Coronavirus Structural Task force office shelf. Picture courtesy of Cromarte Rogers.
Coronavirus Structural Task Force member Luise Kandler assembles the 3D printed virus. Picture courtesy of Kristopher Nolte.
TV Mainfranken is filming us at work in the atrium to limit the risk of infection for all involved. Picture courtesy of Judith Flurer / RVZ.