Academics & Research

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

COVID-19 Related Events

Office of Undergraduate Research 2020 Virtual Summer Symposium - Special Session on COVID-19 Research 

Learn about the University of Utah's undergraduate research projects through posters and oral presentations. Don't forget to email students at the addresses provided to ask questions and to congratulate them for their excellent work!  Check out their presentations here!


Contact for zoom event information, or recordings of past talks.


Past Webinars

Wednesday, July 8 @ 2-3 pm: NIH Director’s Emergency Transformative Research Award

Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 2-3 pm: Understanding the basics: NIAID FOAs PAR-20-178PAR-20-177



COVID-19 Flash Talks

Contact for zoom event information, or recordings of past talks.

Upcoming Talks

Friday, December 4th, 2020 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19 Flash Talks 

  • Kevin Shah, MD, FACC, Internal Medicine 
  • Sarang Kim Yoon, DO, MOH, Family and Preventative Medicine 
  • Leslie Francis, JD, PhD, College of Law & Department of Philosophy
  • Rebecca Overbury, MD, MS, Internal Medicine
  • J.D. Smith, PhD, Population Health Sciences


 Meeting ID: 922 8556 1525, Passcode: COVID 


Past Talks 


Friday, November 6, 2020 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19 Flash Talks 

  • Torri Metz, MD, MS, Department of Obstetrucs and Gynecology 
  • Christy Porucznik, PhD, MSPH, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine 
  • Eric Schmidy, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry 
  • Matthew Samore, MD, Department of Epidemiology 
  • Aaron Petrey, PhD, Department of Pathology 


Thursday, August 6, 2020 @ 3-4 pm - COVID-19: Neuroscience implications

  • Ana Beatriz DePaula-Silva, PhD, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Michelle Schober, MD, MS, Pediatrics
  • K.C. Brennan, MD, Neurology
  • Andrew Prescot, PhD, Radiology and Imaging Sciences
  • Deborah Yergelun-Todd, PhD, Psychiatry, moderator


Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19: Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations


June 19, 2020 @ 12-1pm

  • Kelly Baron, PhD, MPH, DBSM, Family and Preventive Medicine, “Sleep, diet and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Vicente Planelles, PhD, Pathology, “Pseudotyperetroviruses for the analysis of coronavirus humoral immunity“
  • Sonia Salari, PhD & Sharon Talboys, PhD, MPH, Family and Consumer Studies & Family and Preventive Medicine, ”Domestic Violence in the Age of COVID-19: Understanding consequences of stay at home orders”
  • Rajeshwary Ghosh, PhD, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, “Boosting Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy Accelerates Degradation of Proteins Generated by SARS-CoV-2”
  • Cheenu Raghuraman, PhD, Biology, “Characterizing cell types in the mouse lungs by constellation pharmacology”


May 15, 2020 @ 12-1pm

  • Ramesh Goel, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, “Coronavirus in our municipal waste waters- what does this mean?“
  • Rachael Jones, PhD, CIH, Family and Preventive Medicine, “Assessing Healthcare Workers’ Exposures to SARS-CoV-2 and Exposure Controls“
  • Albert Park, MD, Surgery, ”What is in the air? A Surgeon's Dilemma.”
  • Colleen Fitzgerald (Kondo lab), Psychiatry, “Peripheral Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 and In Vivo Brain Metabolism in COVID-19”
  • Jakob Jensen, PhD, Communication, “Tracking weekly perceptions of COVID communication from March 12th - July 14th”


April 24, 2020 @ 12-1pm

  • Sara Grineski, PhD, Sociology, “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Undergraduate Research Experiences“
  • Jim Hotaling, MD, MS, FECSM, Surgery, ”Impact of Cancelling Elective Surgical Cases on ICU and Hospital Capacity during the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Christopher Gregg, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, “How artifical intelligence analyses of behavior will enable COVID-19 crisis discoveries and solutions“
  • Kevin Hicks, PhD, Biochemistry, “MIDAS: A Systematic Platform for Revealing the SARS-CoV-2 protein-metabolite interactome”
  • Divya Chandrasekhar, PhD, City and Metropolitan Planning, “Complexities in emergency response for concurrent but variant disasters"

 March 20, 2020 @ 9-11am

  • Daniel Leung, MD, MSc, "Clinical Decision Support for COVID-19: Putting Epidemiology into Diagnostic and Prognostic Prediction"
  • Tracey Lamb, PhD, "COVID and Malaria predisposition"
  • Stephen Goldstein, PhD, "Evolution by recombination in SARS-CoV-2-like viruses & Investigating a novel host-targeted translation inhibitor as a coronavirus antiviral"
  • Con Yost, MD, "NETosis and COVID-19"
  • Lindsay Keegan, PhD, "Scenario-Based Projections for SARS-CoV-2"
  • Saveez Saffarian, PhD, "Physics of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Survival Outside A Host And Implications For Seasonal Dependence of COVID-19 Outbreak"
  • Dmitri Kapitonov, DO, PhD, "Bifunctional cysteine-constrained cyclic peptides (cystimers) targeting S, M, E and N proteins of CoVID-19"
  • Debbie Eckert, PhD and Michael Kay, PhD, "Targeting a Vulnerable Intermediate of Coronavirus Entry with D-Peptides"
  • Vicente Planelles, PhD, "A BSL2+ compatible assay to understand CoV neutralization by antibodies"
  • Fred Adler, PhD, "The impact of viral and immunological interactions on the COVID-19 epidemic"
  • Kevin Watt, MD, PhD, "Optimal Dosing of Drugs to treat COVID-19: Translating Bench Experiments into Bedside Dosing Recommendations"
  • Jessica Kramer, PhD, "The role of mucus in COVID-19 infections"