COVID-19-Related Research

Our faculty are working at the leading edge of COVID-19 research, from basic science to better understand the molecular mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2, to development of rapid diagnostics and therapeutics, to research on and statistical modeling of the population burden of SARS-CoV-2, telemedicine, and broader impacts of SARS-CoV-2 and related societal changes on education and management of other health conditions, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Some highlights are provided below:

Molecular Science
  • Drs. Sarah Stanley and Fenyong Liu are working with labs across the UC Berkeley campus to utilize the Biosafety Level 3 facility and live virus infection models for SARS-CoV-2 testing. 
  • Drs. Sarah Stanley, Martyn Smith, and Fenyong Liu are working on screening chemicals, compounds and known bioactives for efficacy in inhibiting replication of human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2. 
COVID-19 Surveillance and Modeling
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Drs. Carisa Harris-Adamson and Sadie Costello are working on effectiveness and efficacy of screening, and appropriate recommendations regarding personal protective equipment for essential workers (such as in grocery, warehousing, public transit, social services).
  • Drs. Fenyong Liu and Sangwei Lu are working with colleagues in UCB College of Engineering and in UCSF to develop novel methods/devices for decontamination of personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. N95 face mask). 
  • Berkeley Public Health professors and doctoral students are collaborating with a multi-institutional N95 Decontamination Research Group to publish scientific evidence for N95 mask decontamination and mitigate severe mask and PPE shortages.
Machine Learning/AI
  • Dr. Ziad Obermeyer is developing work leveraging machine learning to understand SARS-CoV-2 deterioration in hospital settings.
Societal Impacts, Community Engagement and Action
  • Drs. Hector Rodriguez, Steve Shortell, and Amanda Brewster are developing work on how to improve the implementation and impact of telehealth for low income populations dealing with chronic conditions in the context of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Dr. Emily Ozer is working with local school districts to engage youth leaders and researchers to help mitigate the negative impacts of SARS-CoV-2 related school closures on education, equity, and mental health.
  • Dr. Coco Auerswald is developing work to inform policy approaches to SARS-CoV-2 among homeless populations, considering the importance of addressing basic needs in this vulnerable group.
  • Drs. Jennifer Ahern and Corinne Riddell are developing work on the impacts of SARS-CoV-2 and related societal changes on different forms of violence (in communities, in families and self-directed).
Research Development:
  • The Research Action Team is continuously gathering and synthesizing guidance on research related to Covid-19 from different parts of the Berkeley campus, and from UCOP.
  • Tue$day Top Tip$ distribute the latest opportunities and guidance to the research community at Berkeley Public Health.
  • Discussion forums have been launched for researchers with common areas of interest around COVID-19. Please reach out to Lauren Goldstein if you are interested in engaging in ongoing discussions or in initiating a new discussion

More information on all of these research development materials and activities can be found here.