Attacking the Virus

We’re working quickly – with partners in health care – to stop COVID-19 through virus research.

While biomedical engineers look for ways to attack the virus itself, other engineers work with the medical community to develop rapid testing kits. Bioengineers are looking for ways to combat the virus by better understanding its molecular makeup, and industrial engineers are working to improve hospital efficiency and logistics for first responders.


COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Therapy is Safe, With 76% of Patients Improving

University of Texas at Austin

The country’s first peer-reviewed study of a COVID-19 treatment that transfuses blood plasma from recovered patients into critically ill patients shows 19 out of 25 patients improving, including 11 discharged from the hospital.

Patented technology designed to stop tiny errors from crashing large health care, supply chain systems

Purdue University

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced public health, supply chain, transportation, government, economic and many other entities to interact in real time. One of the challenges in large systems interacting in this way is that even tiny errors in one system can cause devastating effects across the entire system chain. Now, Purdue University innovators have come up with a possible solution: A set of patented algorithms that predict, identify, diagnose and prevent abnormalities in large and complex systems.

Northwestern to Lead New NIH Program Fast-tracking COVID-19 Testing Technologies

Northwestern University

Northwestern and partner institutions will lead RADx, a program that aims to quickly develop and scale new technological innovations that can dramatically increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the US.

Machine learning model created at MSU finds SARS-COV-2 growing more infectious

Michigan State University

A novel machine learning model developed by researchers at Michigan State University suggests that mutations to the SARS-CoV-2 genome have made the virus more infectious.

illustration of coronavirus structure

How contact tracing apps could help us fight COVID-19

Ohio State University

Ohio State College of Engineering researchers Ness Shroff and Dong Xuan have been developing a contact tracing app that protects your privacy. They share insight into these applications and how they might help.

Mary Frecker standing in front of medical equipment, photo

Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response

Pennsylvania State University

Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19. But she realized that, as the director of the recently created Penn State Center for Biodevices, she had a role in helping to explore solutions, as so many others have at the University.