Help Me Research The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hello, My name is Bryan P. White, a biologist living in Corvallis, Oregon. As you know, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has rapidly swept across the globe, and is now considered a global pandemic. As a scientist, I believe that I have a moral obligation to protect the community from unforeseen threats of death and disease. The threat of this coronavirus against society is very great indeed. For this reason, I am calling on members of the community, local (Oregon, USA), nationally, or internationally to assist me in developing a research program to combat the spread of the virus.

Briefly, I have been working as a scientist and biologist for over 10 years since my inception as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded scholar in the highly competitive “Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB)” NSF program. Following completion of this research-training program, I competed bachelors and masters of Science in Biology at California State University, Fullerton. During my time as an undergraduate student, I studied the ecology of Mojave desert rodents and began to take an interest in genetics and computational biology. As a graduate student in Biology, I published several peer-reviewed journal articles on molecular systematics and computational biology, including extensive work on the development of population genetics algorithms for use in environmental monitoring. As a graduate student at National University, I am currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with a focus on public health program development and epidemiology.

I am now, once again, being called upon by community to assist in the global effort for defeating this novel coronavirus. To do that, I will need financial assistance to take time off work (I am a data analyst working at HP here in Corvallis). I am asking for a nominal sum of approximately 1 months salary (~$2,400 USD) to devote time towards conducting a literature review of the coronaviruses and identifying key research elements that others will be able to carry out and advance. While I myself do not have access to a molecular biology lab or clinical setting, I can provide the analytical support that clinicians so desperately need right now. Please help me to provide that support in the best way that I can: Literature review and data analytics.

As an independent researcher, I make the commitment that all work that I publish will always be licensed under the Creative Commons license, meaning all work that I do will permanently available to the public free of charge. I will provide regular updates to the community on the status of my research and will incorporate community feedback as needed. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and please be safe and have a nice day.

Bryan P. White, MS Biology/MPH (candidate)

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