The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is contributing to the global scientific effort to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Our researchers quickly converted a clinical research laboratory into a viral diagnostics laboratory, becoming a state reference lab in Massachusetts and partnering with the state to conduct rapid surveillance testing in vulnerable populations, such as those in nursing homes and homeless shelters.
Pardis Sabeti, an infectious disease expert at the Broad Institute, knows how to put together a rapid response to outbreaks. When the Ebola virus ravaged West Africa in 2014, Sabeti and her team quickly worked with scientists and health workers on the ground to understand the epidemic. They helped their African partners diagnose the first case of the deadly disease in Nigeria—a key step towards containing it in Africa’s most populous country.