Fall 2020: 7.00 (“COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic”)

This is the class page for the 2020 iteration of 7.00 (“COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic”). If you’re looking for the new lectures beginning on Sept. 8, 2021, visit the current class page.

In the fall of 2020, MIT students and the general public joined professors Richard Young and Facundo Batista as they discussed the science of the pandemic during this new class. Special guest speakers included: Anthony Fauci, David Baltimore, Britt Glaunsinger, Bruce Walker, Eric Lander, Michel Nussenzweig, Akiko Iwasaki, Arlene Sharpe, Kizzmekia Corbett, and others. The class ran from Sept. 1, 2020 through Dec. 8, 2020 and began each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET. See the syllabus for lecture details.

The recorded lectures will continue to be available on this page, as well as on our YouTube channel.

View Syllabus
Supplementary Reading Material

Lecture 1, Bruce Walker: “COVID-19 and the pandemic”


Lecture 2, Britt Glaunsinger: “Coronavirus biology”


Lecture 3, David Baltimore: “Virology and lessons from the AIDS pandemic”


Lecture 4: Anthony Fauci, “Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic”


Lecture 5: Michel Nussenzweig, “Viral immunology”


Lecture 6: Shiv Pillai, “Target cells and the innate response “


Lecture 7: Victoria Clark, “The patient”


Lecture 8: Michael Mina, “Epidemiology”


Lecture 9: Arlene Sharpe, “Immunology: T cells”


Lecture 10: Kizzmekia Corbett, “Vaccines”


Lecture 11: Akiko Iwasaki, “Immunology: antibodies”


Lecture 12: James Bradner, “Small molecule therapeutics”


Lecture 13: Skip Virgin, “Therapeutics discovery”


Lecture 14: Eric Lander, “Rapid research response in a pandemic”

Thanks to the School of Science and MIT Accessibility and Usability for their support in making these lectures open to the public.