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, March 5th, 2021 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19 Flash Talks 

  • TBD


Past Talks 


Friday, February 5th, 2021 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19 Flash Talks 

  • Angie Fagerlin, PhD, Department of Population Health Sciences, "What are people thinking?  The public's perspectives on COVID-19, governmental guidelines, and vaccines" 
  • Dorothea Rosenberger, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, "International Collaboration and the importance of databases in Critical Care Medicine: ISARIC/WHO-ESICM Unite - MGH Boston" 
  • Julio Delgado, MD, MS, Department of Pathology, "COVID-19 Antibody Testing" 
  • Diane Pataki, MS, PhD, Department of Biology 
  • Adam Spivak, MD, Department of Internal Medicine & Pathology, "Early Treatment of COVID-19" 


Friday, January 8th, 2021 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19 Flash Talks 

  • Jon Rainier, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, "A PROTAC Approach to Inflammatory Diseases" 
  • James Tabery, Ph.D., Internal Medicine, Philosophy & Pediatrics, "COVID Conspiracies: How we Got Here, Where We're Going" 
  • Andrew Smith, Ph.D., Psychiatry, "Mental Health Risks at the OUtset of the Pandemic among Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders"  
  • Kristi Warren, Ph.D., Internal Medicine, Pumonary Division, "Sex Differences in COVID-19"
  • Dongngang Truong, MD, Pediatrics, "Metagenomics Evaluation of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated with COVID-19 (MIS-C)" 


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

  • Kevin Shah, MD, FACC, Internal Medicine, "COVID-19 and Risk Prediction for the Cardiovascular System" 
  • Sarang Kim Yoon, DO, MOH, Family and Preventative Medicine, "RECOVER: COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers and First Responders"
  • Leslie Francis, JD, PhD, College of Law & Department of Philosophy, "Anti-discrimination under the Affordable Care Act and COVID-19" 
  • Rebecca Overbury, MD, MS, Internal Medicine, "Assessing Cytokine Profiles and COVID Serology in Patients on Immunosuppression to Guide Care Recommendations" 
  • J.D. Smith, PhD, Population Health Sciences, "Network Interventions for Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Sustaining Economy"


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

  • Torri Metz, MD, MS, Department of Obstetrucs and Gynecology, "Maternal Morbidity and Mortality During the COVID-19 Pandemic: MFMU GRAVID Study"
  • Christy Porucznik, PhD, MSPH, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine, "The C-HEaRT StudyL Family-Based, Community Surveillance in Utah and New York City"
  • Eric Schmidt, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, "Targeting SARS Proteases" 
  • Matthew Samore, MD, Department of Epidemiology, "SAS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence in Utah: Results from the HERO Project" 
  • Aaron Petrey, PhD, Department of Pathology, "Cytokine Release Syndrome in COVID-19: Innate Immune, Vascular, and Platelet Pathogenic factors Differ in Severity of Disease and Sex" 


Friday, October 2, 2020 @ 12-1 pm - COVID-19 Flash Talks 

  • Monisha Pasupathi, PhD, Psychology, "College, Interrupted: How are narrative processes related to the impact of Covid-19 on AY 2019-2020 Freshman" 
  • Jennifer Weidhaas, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Jim VanDerslice, PhD, Family and Preventative Medicine, "Correlation of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater with COVID-19 disease burden in sewersheds" 
  • Julio Facelli, PhD, Biomedical Informatics, "National COVID Cohort Collaborative at the University of Utah" 
  • Srinivasan Beddhu, MD, Internal Medicine, "Long-term Impact of COVID-19 on Physical and Cognitive Function Outcomes and Healthcare Resource Utilization in Older Veterans" 
  • David DeFranza, PhD Candidate, Arul Mishra & Himanshu Mishra lab, Marketing, "Religion and reactance to COVID-19 mitigation guidelines" 



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"