Academics & Research

Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative

COVID-19 Symposium


We welcome all faculty, staff, and trainees to join us for the 2021 COVID-19 Symposium, to be held on Friday, June 4, 2021. For general symposium information and questions, please contact:


Registration is free! Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note that each zoom link is unique to the person who registered, so the link cannot be shared. Every person must register if you plan on attending. 


Download and post our expanded agenda here

(9:00 - 9:05 AM) Daniel Leung, MD, MSc, & Ryan O’Connell, PhD, 3i Initiative Directors

(9:05 - 9:30 AM) Lindsay T. Keegan, PhD - Model-Based Decision Support for COVID-19 in Utah
(9:30 - 9:55 AM) Julio Delgado, MD, MS - COVID-19 Laboratory Testing: A Tale of Delays, Confusion, Improvisation, Innovation


SESSION #1: Data Science & Genomic Medicine (Moderator: Yves Lussier, MD)
(10:00 - 10:15 AM) Ravi Chandran, PhD - Physics based Modeling of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection
(10:15 - 10:30 AM) Ram Gouripeddi, MS & Julio Facelli, PhD - Informatics for COVID-19 Research
(10:30 - 10:45 AM) Stephen Goldstein, PhD - Extensive Recombination-Driven Coronavirus Diversification Expands the Pool of Potential Pandemic Pathogens
(10:45 - 10:52 AM) Kyle Kazemini - A Modular, Performance-Oriented Network Model for COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities
(10:52 - 10:59 AM) Clement Vachet, MS - AI/CXR early warning system for infectious respiratory disease outbreaks 

SESSION #2: Environmental Impact/Minimizing Exposure (Moderator: Kerry Kelly, PhD)
(10:00 - 10:15 AM) James Sutherland, PhD - Using Computational Fluid Dynamics to Inform COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Strategies
(10:15 - 10:30 AM) Divya Chandrasekhar, PhD - Responding to Concurrent Disasters: Perspectives From the Field
(10:30 - 10:45 AM) Andy Hong, PhD, PE - Disinfection of Coronavirus Surrogate by Airborne Microdroplets
(10:45 - 10:59 AM) Hanseup Kim, PhD - Development of an In-situ Airborne Virus Sensor

Community Lecture - Research During a Crisis: How University of Utah Scientists Mobilized to Learn More About and Fight COVID-19. Download a flyer here. Register here.


SESSION #3: Social Impact & Policy (Moderator: Richard Forster, PhD)
(12:05 - 12:20 PM) Anna Neatrour, MLIS - COVID-19 and Oral Histories
(12:20 - 12:35 PM) Alexander Hohl, PhD - Understanding Adverse Population Sentiment Towards the Spread of COVID-19 in the United States
(12:35 - 12:50 PM) Tabitha Benney, PhD - Intra-city variability of fine particulate matter during COVID-19 lockdown: A case study from Park City, Utah
(12:50 - 1:05 PM) Sonia Salari, PhD - Measuring a Multidemic: A Mixed-Methods Study of COVID-19 Impacts on Domestic Violence Across the Life-Course
(1:05 - 1:12 PM) Rachel Nelson - Communication Technology in Public Health: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic in Utah
(1:12 - 1:19 PM) Mike Lindow - Partisanship, Fear, and Resistance to COVID-19 Directives
(1:19 - 1:26 PM) Holly Shoemaker, MPH - Longitudinal survey of Telehealth during COVID-19

SESSION #4: Impacts Across Populations (Moderator: Steven Lacey, MS, PhD)
(12:05 - 12:20 PM) Rebecca G. Simmons, MPH, PhD - Contraceptive use in Utah during the Covid-19 Pandemic
(12:20 - 12:35 PM) Kristin G. Cloyes, PhD, MN, RN - Cancer, caregiving, and the COVID-19 pandemic: Exploring impact on social support networks and interactions, stress, and mental health of cancer survivors and their caregivers
(12:35 - 12:50 PM) Sara Grineski, PhD - Anxiety and depression among US college students engaging in undergraduate research during the COVID-19 pandemic
(12:50 - 1:05 PM) Frederik Denorme, PhD - Neutrophil extracellular traps contribute to immunothrombosis in COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome
(1:05 - 1:12 PM) Alex Beams - Common Colds might not be so "Common’" in the future
(1:12 - 1:19 PM) Bernadette Kiraly, MD - Long-Haul COVID-19: Understanding patient needs
(1:19 - 1:26 PM) Parhum Namdaran, MD - Cardiac and inflammatory biomarkers in predicting adverse cardiac outcomes in high-risk patients with COVID-19

1:30 PM – AFTERNOON KEYNOTES (Moderator: Chris Hill, DPhil)
(1:30 - 2:00 PM) Andrew J. Smith, PhD - Harnessing Recovery Capital to Meet Resilience Challenges
(2:00 - 2:30 PM) Jake Jensen, PhD - Public Perception of COVID Communication Across 36 Weeks: A Rolling Cross-Sectional Design with U.S. Adults



SESSION #5: Mental Health & The Brain (Moderator: Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD)
(2:45 - 3:00 PM) Joseph Kim, PhD - Risk and Resilience to Loneliness in Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Wave 1
(3:00 - 3:15 PM) Monisha Pasupathi, PhD - College, Interrupted: Covid-19 and First-year Students
(3:15 - 3:30 PM) Kiran Kaur, MS - Impact of COVID-19 on Emotional Health for Five Communities of Color in Salt Lake City
(3:30 - 3:45 PM) Su Rin Choi - Social Interaction and Sleep during COVID-19
(3:45 - 3:52 PM) Dylan Neff, HBS, BMus - Risk and resilience in pregnant women during COVID-19
(3:52 - 3:57 PM) Kelly J. Mansfield, BSN, RN - Comparing Audio Diaries of Cancer Survivors and their Support Person During COVID-19

SESSION #6: Testing and Treating COVID-19 (Moderator: Alfred Cheung, MD)
(2:45 - 3:00 PM) Hans Haecker, MD, PhD - A simple, rapid and affordable point of care test for detection of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies based on hemagglutination and AI-based image interpretation
(3:00 - 3:15 PM) Robert Paine III, MD - Induction of ACE2 in the alveolar epithelium by hypoxia- implications for the pathogenesis of acute respiratory failure in COVID-19
(3:15 - 3:30 PM) Shawn Owen, PhD - Split-luciferase assays for rapid and sensitive detection of anti-SARS CoV-2 antibodies
(3:30 - 3:45 PM) Sarah Apple, PhD - Discovery and Design of a D-peptide Entry Inhibitor of SARS-Related Coronaviruses
(3:45 - 3:52 PM) Jeff Sellman, MD - COVID Aftercare Clinic: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Long COVID
(3:52 - 3:57 PM) Danielle Green, MD - Remdesivir Extraction by Extracorporeal Life Support Circuits

4:00 PM – CLOSING KEYNOTES (Moderator: Willard H. Dere, MD)
(4:00 - 4:30 PM) Elizabeth A. Middleton, MD - COVID-19: A Reflection on Opportunity During a Crisis 
(4:30 - 5:00 PM) Jennifer Weidhaas, PhD, PE(ID) - Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in sewersheds and trend analysis

(5:00 - 5:05 PM) Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD


To view posters, please click on the specific poster title, and you will be taken to the pdf version of the poster. After viewing, please visit our voting page and vote for your favorite 3 posters. The top 3 posters will receive their choice of UofU item from the bookstore (up to $75). Voting closes Monday, June 7 @ 9:00 AM

Balakrishnan, Bijina Pediatrics Modulation of SARS-CoV-2 Spike induced-UPR in HEK 293 T cells by selected small molecule inhibitors
Bateman, Rebecca Mathematics Will SARS-CoV-2 Become Just Another Seasonal Coronavirus?
Conway, Mike Biomedical Informatics Utilizing social media to investigate perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic using natural language processing: a comparative study of four countries
Craigle, Valeri James E. Faust Law Library COVID-19 and the Utah Code: Restoring Access to Utah’s Laws During a Pandemic
Dassel, Kara College of Nursing Caregiving and Advance Care Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Davis, Darrell Medicinal Chemistry A b-coronavirus Inhibitor with Pan-Antiviral Activity
Dawson, Daniel Family & Preventive Medicine Variations in PPE Use and Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection between Health Care Workers and First Responders: The RECOVER COVID-19 Study Utah Site
DeFranza, David David Eccles School of Business Religion and Reactance to COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines
Derington, Catherine Population Health Sciences Angiotensin II receptor blocker or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor use and COVID-19-related outcomes among US Veterans
DeStefano, Sherilyn Family & Preventive Medicine Understanding Changes in Musculoskeletal Referrals from Family Medicine Providers During COVID-19
Gilles, Allyson Family & Preventive Medicine Relationships Between Sleep and Psychological Adjustment During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Hale, Scott Pathology A Model of Aging and Inflammation Effects on Immune Responses to SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein and Influenza Protein Vaccination
Huang, Yiqing (Emily) Surgery Surgical Outcome in Pediatric Patients Testing Positive For SARS-CoV-2
Ireland, Stacie College of Nursing Identifying Barriers and Motivators to Spirometry in Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis
Jones, Rachael Family & Preventive Medicine Aerosol Exposures among Healthcare Personnel Performing Endoscopy Procedures
Kim, Yvonne Educational Psychology Age Differences in Mental Health During COVID-19: The Role of Pandemic Knowledge and Its Sources
Larragoite, Erin Pathology Comparison of Sars-Cov-2 Neutralizing Antibody Detection Assays
Love, Jay Epidemiology Comparison of antigen- and RT-PCR-based testing strategies for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in two high-exposure settings
Lui, Benjamin M. Pathology Validation of a Novel High-throughput, Multiplex qPCR Assay for Co-detection and Differentiation of Influenza A and B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and SARS-CoV-2
Mbia, Ghislaine Family & Preventive Medicine The behavioral impact of COVID-19 on refugee population in the Salt Lake Valley
Meihls, Suzanne Pediatrics Pandemic Driven Transition to Multidisciplinary Telehealth Appointments
Merrell, Ashley Physics & Astronomy Investigating the Impacts of COVID-19 and social/political activism on College of Science Students
Na, Noori Mechanical Engineering Investigation of the Capturing Mechanism of Aerosol on Polymeric Fibers
Nandakumar, Vijayalakshmi Pathology Monitoring Vaccine Immunity and Reinfection: COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Orr, Kyanna & Ta, Zachary Family & Preventive Medicine Sleep, Diet, and Physical Activity in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Analysis
Padron-Loredo, Jessica Chemical Engineering Minority Health Disparities and Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Petrey, Aaron C. Microbiology & Immunology Glycocalyx degradation in COVID-19 releases hyaluronan fragments that directly induce endothelial barrier dysfunction in a CD44- and ROCK-dependent mechanism
Porter, Marc D. Chemical Engineering Strategies in the Design of Antigen Capture and Labeling Motifs in Immunoassays
Pothina, Rambabu Mining Engineering Covid-19 Incidence Rates in Urban Areas: Role of Structural Inequality at The Neighborhood Scale
Praggastis, Jenna Family & Preventive Medicine Incidence of COVID-19 Infection in Healthcare, First Responders, and Frontline Workers: The RECOVER COVID-19 Utah Study Site
Pritchett, Quinn Biology Assessing Cytokine Profiles and COVID Serology in Patients on Immunosuppression to Guide Care Recommendations
Ramirez-Arrazola, Mario Economics Adding Up the Cost of Excluding Undocumented Utahns from State and Federal COVID-19 Relief
Saffary, Yalda Chemical Engineering Copper (II) Oxide Nanomaterial for Electroactive Inactivation of Coronavirus in Aerosols and Liquids
Sheets, Theresa Mathematics A Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Coronavirus Disease in Utah
Treemarcki, Erin Pediatrics Presentation and Outcomes of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19 in the Intermountain West
Warren, Kristi Internal Medicine Salivary CD8+ T cells are elevated in COVID-19+ emergency room patients compared to COVID-19- controls
Woodfield, Marion Family & Preventive Medicine Influence of Face Shields on Aerosol Exposure Reduction


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