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April 22, 2021


For years, SickKids scientist Dr. Jean-Philippe Julien toiled in his lab, harnessing the power of human antibodies to try and neutralize two of the world’s deadliest diseases: HIV/AIDS and malaria. Then, COVID-19 hit, wreaking havoc across the globe. Very quickly, Dr. Julien pivoted, leveraging what he learned to pursue a new mission: making an antibody supermolecule to neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. If successful, it could radically reshape the way we approach diseases like COVID-19 and malaria—before the next pandemic hits.


Scientific Contributors

  • Edurne Rujas
  • Iga Kucharska
  • Yong Zi Tan
  • Samir Benlekbir
  • Hong Cui
  • Tiantian Zhao
  • Gregory A. Wasney
  • Patrick Budylowski
  • Furkan Guvenc
  • Jocelyn C. Newton
  • Taylor Sicard
  • Anthony Semesi
  • Krithika Muthuraman
  • Amy Nouanesengsy
  • Katherine Prieto
  • Stephanie A. Bueler
  • Sawsan Youssef
  • Sindy Liao-Chan
  • Jacob Glanville
  • Natasha Christie-Holmes
  • Samira Mubareka
  • Scott D. Gray-Owen
  • John L. Rubinstein
  • Bebhinn Treanor
  • Jean-Philippe Julien




Generous Donors

Dr. Julien’s COVID-19 Research

  • The Brookfield Foundation
  • Julie Lassonde-Gray and Chris Gray
  • Mantella Corporation
  • Jennifer and Christian Lassonde
  • Kirk and Anke Simpson
  • 407 ETR
  • TD Bank Group
  • Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd.
  • The Frontline Fund


Thank you to all our anonymous, monthly, and unrestricted giving donors who support the highest priority needs at SickKids, including breakthrough research like this.



Read more about Dr. Jean-Philippe Julien and his team

Read about the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund’s support of Dr. Julien’s work

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About the Host: Hannah Bank

As a SickKids Foundation writer, Hannah works closely with world-renowned SickKids scientists, physicians, and researchers, turning dense medical jargon into engaging content about the latest research and treatments for kids. She’s inspired by the hope and perseverance of young patients and their families, a fantastic team of colleagues, and her three young girls at home.

Hannah Banks