Infections and vaccinations typically trigger the production of polyclonal antibodies that bind to many different epitopes on the surface of an antigen or pathogen. These epitopes can vary significantly in how they contribute to immunogenicity or protection. We use molecular modeling to predict or model antigen and pathogen structures, interpret epitope mapping data, and engineer novel vaccine antigens that isolate and present neutralizing epitopes.
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