NIEHS scientists join the fight against COVID-19

Across the institute, researchers are lending their expertise to the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The April issue of the Environmental Factor featured several projects underway at NIEHS seeking to make headway against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. This month, we offer a roundup of the diverse projects our researchers are doing.

Epidemiology of COVID-19

Dale Sandler, Ph.D., is partnering with a team at Harvard University on a COVID Symptom Tracker app for the Coronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) Consortium. Once completed, the app will allow her group to study factors that affect susceptibility, symptoms, and severity of infection.

JPB Fellow Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., is working with colleagues at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to develop a national survey to capture COVID-19 related events and racial and ethnic disparities.

Stavros Garantziotis, M.D., wants to establish an air liquid interface (ALI) human cell culture model system for SARS-CoV-2. He hopes the new testing system will make it easier to understand the risk of infection among NIEHS staff.

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