Virologists like Mike Buchmeier at UC Irvine’s Center for Virus Research [is] studying exactly how the virus is spreading. Buchmeier, who specializes in researching coronaviruses, has been researching the virus since it was discovered in China in December. … [His] current research, he said in an interview, involves studying the virus’s RNA …. The genetic material also allows Buchmeier to better understand how the virus causes damage in humans. “And then we can use that to think about what would be a suitable vaccine,” Buchmeier said.