Academics & Research

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

COVID-19 Related Events


COVID-19 SYMPOSIUM

SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 4

We welcome all faculty, staff, and trainees to join us for the 2021 COVID-19 Symposium. For general symposium information, please visit our main symposium page


Past COVID-19 Symposia & Webinars

Contact sara.salmon@hsc.utah.edu for zoom event information, or recordings of past talks.

Past Symposia

Thursday, July 30: Office of Undergraduate Research 2020 Virtual Summer Symposium - Special Session on COVID-19 Research

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 sara.salmon@hsc.utah.edu for zoom event information, or recordings of past talks.

Past Talks

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

Friday, 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”
Friday, 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”
Friday, 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"
 Friday, 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"