COVID-19 Research Working Group


Wanted: Field guide to coronaviruses, says UC Davis evolutionary biologist

June 29, 2020
Mapping microbes and viruses can prepare us to better fight the next COVID-19

(SACRAMENTO) — In this age of COVID-19, Jonathan Eisen says what we really need is a field guide to coronaviruses. We’ll need it when the next new dangerous virus appears, and we are not close.

Roadkill Declines as COVID-19 Continues

June 25, 2020
Thousands of Large Animals Spared Under Shelter in Place, Finds Report on Three States

Fewer wild animals, including threatened mountain lions, are becoming roadkill during shelter-in-place orders, finds a study on three states from the University of California, Davis.

Using traffic and collision data collected from California, Idaho and Maine, the researchers found that wildlife-vehicle conflict has declined by 21-56 percent from early March to mid-April, following government stay-at-home orders.

UC Davis Researchers Adapt Amyloid Technology to Catch Coronavirus

June 22, 2020

Two researchers at the University of California, Davis, are adapting their technology for amyloid-based, self-organizing protein scaffolds to combat coronavirus. They hope the technique could be used in diagnostic tests or for virus-neutralizing masks and other protective equipment.

Celebrating Causeway Collaborations on COVID-19

June 12, 2020

This is the message from leadership that appeared in today’s edition of Friday Update at UC Davis Health.

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic shows that it’s never been more important to collaborate across the causeway. UC Davis and UC Davis Health are doing just that, and the impact is felt both in the Sacramento region and far beyond.

Initiatives to Intercept Pandemics Through Genomics

June 11, 2020
BIOSCAN, Earth BioGenome Project and Global Virome Project Propose Pandemic Interception System

Three major initiatives in biodiversity genomics — BIOSCAN, the Earth BioGenome Project and the Global Virome Project — have joined forces to deliver a “pandemic interception system” based upon comprehensive knowledge of pathogens and their hosts, explains a recent commentary in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pilot grants boost COVID-19 research

June 08, 2020
Projects focus on effects of the pandemic on families and patient care

(SACRAMENTO) — The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, Center for Health and Technology and Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis have collaborated to provide $90,000 for a range of research on the impact of COVID-19.

The funding will go to five projects that explore the effects of the pandemic on mental health, breast cancer screening, NICU care, children with disabilities and post-surgery therapy. 

UCOP Seed Grants Fund COVID-19 Research Projects

June 05, 2020

Faculty from the UC Davis School of Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have received seed funding from the UC Office of the President to launch research projects aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19.