Hope and Healing: Chemistry Professor Jinglin Fu

Jinglin Fu, an award-winning associate professor of chemistry at Rutgers–Camden, said “COVID-19 is not the end of the world. I’m very confident that we will survive the pandemic, just as we’ve survived many other pandemic viruses in history. As a scientist, I’m quite optimistic about vaccine development. This moment is quite historic. It’s important we keep hope for a bright future.”

Fu said the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed more than half a million Americans and approximately 50 million people worldwide, was far more severe than the COVID-19 crisis has been thus far. “If we compare this year with the 1918 pandemic, we know much more,” he said. “The technology we have today has saved many thousands of lives.” Fu added that the 1918 pandemic, as bad as it was, was followed by a “golden age” of economic growth in America in the 1920s.

Fu said teaching remotely can be effective. He used computational programs and online resources to allow students in a summer project to conduct research from home on a new virus detection process for diagnosing diseases such as COVID-19 and cancer. “The students are highly motivated,” said Fu, a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. “They are learning much about the virus and how to fight it.”

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