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.


Chip for biomolecule detection may help in COVID-19 testing

Purdue University

A patented method for single biomolecule detection that overcomes limitations of current technologies may help in the fight against COVID-19.

NSF RAPID grant for novel high-throughput and low-cost COVID-19 testing technologies

University of Iowa

Researchers received a National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID grant titled “RAPID: High-Throughput and Low-Cost Testing of COVID-19 Viruses and Antibodies through Compressed Sensing and Group Testing,” to develop a novel high-throughput and low-cost testing technology which has great potential of breaking the testing bottleneck of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers Aim to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Using Antigen ‘Dance Partners’ for the Immune System’s Defenses

University of Texas at Austin

A cross-disciplinary team that includes researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering aims to develop a vaccine for the widespread coronavirus by focusing on T cells: white blood cells sometimes referred to as the “special forces unit” of the immune system that seek out and destroy cells infected by invading viruses.

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.

Wastewater may help predict the next COVID-19 outbreak

Michigan State University

Environmental engineer Irene Xagoraraki at Michigan State University is spearheading a study to determine if viral outbreaks can be identified and forecasted through wastewater sampling. The wastewater may help predict the next COVID-19 outbreak.