A Discussion with Drew Weissman, M.D., Ph.D Understanding the COVID-19 vaccine

January 14, 2021 7 p.m. via Zoom Meeting
Join us as we welcome Drew Weissman, M.D., Ph.D to lead a discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine.

It is no exaggeration to say that Drew Weissman is among a handful of scientists whose research is helping to save the world from COVID-19. Almost 23 years ago, Dr. Weissman began studying how messenger RNA (mRNA) could be used to create vaccines. Now his mRNA research underpins two of the leading coronavirus vaccines, one by Pfizer and the other by Moderna.

Dr. Weissman is a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate and master degrees in biochemistry from Brandeis University and his MD, PhD from Boston University. He is a member of The Association of American Doctors, and was recently awarded The Brandeis University Alumni Achievement Award and The Advocacy Award from Research America.

Dr. Weissman states that “I’ve been working on mRNA most of my entire career, it’s what I’m good at, what I find enjoyment in.” He looks forward to speaking to the community.

In an effort to keep up with this ever-changing situation, we have listed below the links to find the latest information from the District of Columbia, Montgomery County & Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland on vaccination schedules, and FAQ regarding the vaccine:


For more information about mRNA research and the COVID-19 vaccine: