COVID-19 Infectious Disease Expertise in MIP

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology (MIP) at Colorado State University are actively working to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic for our community, the country, and the world.

We are conducting a multitude of projects to preserve the health of people, animals and the planet during this current pandemic by applying on our infectious disease expertise. Our researchers have prior experience with a variety of infectious diseases from both animal and public health perspectives, including SARS, MERS, and other coronaviruses.

Existing collaborations, as well as new partnerships, are allowing our experts to contribute to a range of innovative COVID-19 solutions for the greater good. The department is also participating in measures to protect our essential campus operations and ourselves, so we can continue to responsibly pursue these important COVID-19  projects in a safe work environment.

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All MIP In the News

Vaccine Development

Why coronavirus vaccine booster shots may help you, and why they may not help society – Colorado Sun [08/20/2021]

Coronavirus vaccines are widely available in the U.S. So why are scientists working on new ones? – Washington Post [06/30/2021]

Coronavirus vaccines are rolling out across the world. So why are CSU scientists still working to develop new ones? –  The Colorado Sun [03/22/2021]

COVID-19 Speaker Series: Safety of Blood Supply (Video) – CSU Alumni Association [03/22/2021]

Racing to save humans through animal research: Veterinary researchers strengthen understanding of, responses to SARS-CoV-2 – JAVMA News [03/15/2021]

Reflecting on research: A year of COVID-19 at CSU – Rocky Mountain Collegian [03/09/2021]

International Women’s Day: Meet CSU scientist Marcela Henao-Tamayo – CSU Source [03/08/2021]

CSU vaccine research advances, groundwork begins to develop coronavirus vaccine for the next pandemic – CSU Source [02/22/2021]

COVID-19 Speaker Series: Preventing the Next Coronavirus Pandemic (Video) – CSU Alumni Association [02/19/2021]

Tell Me More: A Conversation about Research at CSU with Dr. Marcela Henao-Tamayo (Video) – Office of the President, Colorado State University [10/05/2020]

CSU SolaVAX among COVID-19 vaccine candidates – The Rocky Mountain Collegian [10/04/2020]

CSU secures $3.1 million from NIH to advance SolaVAX coronavirus vaccine research – CSU Source [09/21/2020]

CSU included among top universities solving coronavirus pandemic – CSU Source [08/10/2020]

The Best Universities Solving The Coronavirus Pandemic – Successful Student [08/03/2020]

CSU secures award from U.S. government for development of SolaVAX™ vaccine manufacturing process for SARS-CoV-2 – CSU Source [06/25/2020]

Inside a university of Colorado trying to develop a COVID-19 vaccine – CGTN [06/14/2020]

Science Spotlight: COVID-19 Vaccine Development Update with Dr. Amy MacNeill – Samba Scientific [06/09/2020]

CSU research teams working coronavirus vaccine – Fox31 Denver [05/27/2020]

‘We have to try it’: Tuberculosis expert explores coronavirus vaccine research – CSU Source [05/19/2020]

Vaccine First Introduced In 1700s To Fight Smallpox Helps CSU Scientists Researching Coronavirus – CBS4 Denver {05/15/2020]

CSU researchers working on COVID-19 vaccine – Fox31 Denver [05/11/2020]

Here’s what four Colorado research teams have learned from working on a coronavirus vaccine – The Colorado Sun [05/07/2020]

Poxviruses could yield protein pathways for coronavirus vaccine – CSU Source [05/06/2020]

CompanyWeek Q&A: Dr. Raymond Goodrich, Infectious Disease Research Center at CSU – CompanyWeek [05/04/2020]

CSU researchers part of race for coronavirus vaccine – Colorado Spring Gazette [04/29/2020]

Yogurt bacteria and a vitamin found in eggs part of CSU’s research work on COVID-19 vaccines – Colorado Politics [04/24/2020]

Researchers seek to repurpose an existing manufacturing platform to produce a COVID-19 vaccine – CSU Source [04/15/2020]

Colorado scientists pivot to join worldwide pursuit of coronavirus vaccine – Denver Post [04/12/2020]

These Are The Treatments And Cures Colorado Researchers Are Developing For Coronavirus – CPR News [04/11/2020]

CSU veterinarians on front lines in the hunt for COVID-19 vaccine – DVM360 [04/10/2020]

Colorado State University Researchers Closing In On Coronavirus Vaccine – CBS4 Denver [04/09/2020]

Making Progress Toward a Vaccine – KOA News Radio [04/08/2020]

CSU researchers pursue a vaccine to target an Achilles’ heel of the coronavirus – CSU Source [04/02/2020]

CSU Researchers Are Working Full-Bore On The Mysteries Of Coronavirus — And A Vaccine – CPR News [03/11/2020]

Inside the Colorado State University lab that is trying to develop the world’s first vaccine for COVID-19 – The Colorado Sun [03/10/2020]

Mountain West Scientists Contributing To The Race For A COVID-19 Vaccine – KUNC [03/10/2020]

CSU researchers part of national search for coronavirus vaccine – CSU Source [03/09/2020]

Testing, Treatment, and Transmission Surveillance

Study: Mask wearing, hand washing protected CSU essential workers early in pandemic – CSU Source [07/29/2021]

CSU’s Dr. Susan VandeWoude on Mask and Hand-Washing Study – KOA NewsRadio Colorado’s Morning News [08/10/2021]

New tool aims to help long-term care facilities decide when, how to test for COVID-19 – CSU Source [07/21/2021]

Wastewater team proud to be part of CSU’s pandemic response – CSU Source [06/17/2021]

How Saliva Screening Samples are Processed at Colorado State University (Video) – Colorado State University [03/04/2021]

CSU delivers COVID wastewater testing data to state health officials and wastewater partners – CSU Source [01/28/2021]

Colorado COVID-19 Monitoring in Wastewater Dashboard

Studying the course of infection: Colorado State University teams up with UCHealth for COVID-19 biobank, research – CSU Source [12/17/2020]

COVID-19 Speaker Series: Therapeutics with Dr. Rushika Perera – CSU Alumni Association [12/09/2020]

Emerging Infectious Disease: Join the Fight – CSU College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences [11/16/2020]

CSU researchers working on home test for COVID-19 that could be on the market soon – The Coloradoan [11/19/2020]

CSU Helping Design New, App-Readable Rapid COVID-19 Test – CBS4 Denver [11/16/2020]

‘We roll up our sleeves and get it done.’ More than 60,000 COVID tests, and counting – CSU Source [11/16/2020]

The best COVID-19 warning system? Poop and pooled spit, says one Colorado university. – USA Today [11/01/2020]

CSU researchers develop saliva-based COVID-19 test – Rocky Mountain Collegian [11/01/2020]

CSU lab conducts faculty and staff COVID-19 surveillance testing – CSU Source [10/26/2020]

Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus – NPR [10/26/2020]

Colorado State University plans to test up to 3,000 a day for COVID-19 through saliva test – Coloradoan [10/07/2020]

Saliva tests for COVID-19 are fast, cheap and could help keep college campuses open – 9News [10/06/2020]

Targeted Testing: A team of CSU scientists work to curb the spread of COVID-19 – CSU Source [10/05/2020]

Colorado Researchers Will Soon Grow Coronavirus Strains For National Research Stockpile – KUNC [09/23/2020]

CSU work on COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities leads national research – CSU Source [09/20/2020]

The science behind the on-campus wastewater testing at CSU – Collegian [09/16/2020]

CSU orders mandatory COVID-19 testing after dorm wastewater shows possible spike – Coloradoan [09/04/2020]

Guest column: Targeted surveillance mitigating COVID-19 spread at Colorado State University – CSU Source [09/03/2020]

An intertwined approach: CSU infectious disease experts make progress in national pandemic response – CSU Source [08/26/2020]

Larimer County, Colorado State University working to speed up COVID-19 testing results – Coloradoan [08/17/2020]

Your Raw Sewage Is Helping Researchers Battle COVID-19 – CBS4 Denver [08/12/2020]

In Colorado, Your Stool Is a Tool In The Fight Against Coronavirus – KUNC [07/28/2020]

CSU researchers move home COVID-19 test forward – Coloradoan [07/27/2020]

CSU partners with state of Colorado on wastewater surveillance project to track spread of COVID-19 – CSU Source [7/27/2020]

CSU Working on COVID-19 Testing – KOA News Radio [07/22/2020]

Your poop may soon serve as an early warning system for Colorado coronavirus outbreaks – Colorado Sun [07/21/2020]

CSU Researchers Develop At-Home Coronavirus Test With Quick Results – CBS4 Denver [07/21/2020]

Research team inks licensing deal for COVID-19 viral detection test – CSU Source [07/16/2020]

How genetic sequencing is helping solve the mystery of coronavirus’ spread through Colorado nursing homes – Colorado Sun [07/01/2020]

Using riboflavin, UV light in specialized device reduces SARS-CoV-2 pathogens in plasma, whole blood – CSU Source [05/29/2020]

Colorado Will Test For Coronavirus At Every Nursing Home Every Week For 8 Weeks – Colorado Public Radio [05/22/2020]

Colorado nursing homes to test all employees weekly to try to avert coronavirus outbreaks – The Denver Post [05/21/2020]

CSU to begin COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic health care workers, nursing home residents – Denver7 News [05/21/2020]

‘We care for every Coloradan’: State supports expanded COVID-19 testing for nursing home workers, residents – CSU Source [05/21/2020]

Rushika Perera, Sue VandeWoude land COVID-19 research awards from the Boettcher Foundation – CSU Source [05/15/2020]

CSU team finds dozens of asymptomatic nursing home workers infected with coronavirus – Coloradoan [05/15/2020]

Research at CSU shows why testing only symptomatic people won’t stop coronavirus in Colorado – Colorado Sun [05/05/2020]

Animal health laboratories aid testing for COVID-19 in people – JAVMA News [04/30/2020]

Colorado State University Researchers Run Coronavirus Tests On Those Without Symptoms – CBS4 Denver [04/28/2020]

Minimizing transmission: Testing asymptomatic healthcare workers to find silent COVID-19 carriers – CSU Source [04/27/2020]

Coronavirus testing lab at CSU could expand Larimer County’s COVID-19 testing capacity – Coloradoan [04/23/2020]

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to process human COVID-19 tests – CSU Source [4/17/2020]

Antiviral compounds against COVID-19 tested in secure labs at CSU – CSU Source [04/13/2020]

CSU researchers rapidly developing treatments, drugs and vaccines for COVID-19 – CSU Source [04/02/2020]

Guest Column: Wuhan Coronavirus – once again on the brink of a global health crisis, CSU researchers respond – CSU Source [01/27/2020]

Sharing Infectious Disease Expertise and Community Solutions

CSU Professor Brian Foy: ‘No doctor should be prescribing ivermectin for COVID’ – CSU Source [09/03/2021]

Medical community warns against using livestock drug ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment – Fox 31 News [08/23/2021]

CSU receives $2 million gift to continue research on preventing future pandemics – Coloradoan [07/27/2021]

CSU receives $2 million grant to help prevent future pandemics – CSU Source [07/26/2021]

The threat nobody is talking about? COVID spillback – Wired Magazine [06/22/2021]

Pandemic Proof: How to end a Pandemic in 10 steps – CVMBS Source [05/26/2021]

Action in a Time of Crisis: Colorado State University Research Retrospective (Video) – Colorado State University Office of the Vice President for Research [03/26/2021]

Can Animals Get Covid-19? -ScholasticWorld [03/08/2021]

Indoors, outdoors, 6 feet apart? Transmission risk of airborne viruses can be quantified – CSU Source [02/26/2021]

Healthy Aging Speaker Series: Shifting Perceptions Around COVID-19 (Video) – Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging at Colorado State University [01/26/2021]

COVID-19 Speaker Series: Certainties and Uncertainties of COVID-19 (Video) – CSU Alumni Association [01/22/2021]

Which animals can catch Covid-19, which can’t — and why it matters. – Vox [12/16/2020]

COVID In Colorado: Transmission Of Coronavirus ‘Unlikely’ Via Holiday Deliveries – CBS4 Denver [12/18/2020]

COVID-19 Speaker Series: Disinfectants and PPE Testing with Dr. Karen Dobos (Video) – CSU Alumni Association [11/02/2020]

5 mistakes you’re probably making with hand sanitizer – The Atlanta Journal – Constitution [10/15/2020]

Mice, bats, and coronaviruses with Tony Schountz – This Week in Virology [10/01/2020]

COVID-19 Impacts: Perspectives from Women in Science – Women in Science Network Innovating Minds Lecture Series [09/29/2020]

Cats Shed More Than Dogs. The Coronavirus, Not Fur. – New York Times [09/29/2020]

COVID-19 Speaker Series: CSU COVID-19 Research with Dr. Candace Mathiason (Video) – CSU Alumni Association [09/03/2020]

Sanitization stations there when you need them on campus – CSU Source [08/28/2020]

Women’s Work: Female researchers take the lead – State Magazine [8/21/2020]

‘It’s been a trying time’: CSU virologist finds solace in music during the pandemic – CSU Source [08/12/2020]

‘Zoonotic Spillover and Emerging Viruses’ COVID-19 Webinar – Denver Museum of Nature & Science [08/03/2020]

Behind the masks: Sewing project brings a department together – CSU Source [07/10/2020]

Can You Leave Hand Sanitizer in Your Car? Here’s What Experts Say – [05/29/2020]

Who Can Spread COVID-19? – CBS4 Denver [05/27/2020]

Can Coronavirus Be Transmitted Through Mosquito Bites? – CBS4 Denver [05/20/2020]

Coronavirus: dónde estamos y el camino a seguir en esta lucha, la investigación de dos científicas bolivianas en EEUU – El Deber [05/17/2020]
English translation – Coronavirus: where we are and the path forward on this fight, the investigation of two Bolivian scientists in the USA

Leader of a Scientific Community Researching COVID-19 –  CSU AlumLine [05/16/2020]

How Long Does Coronavirus Live On Your Mail, Other Surfaces? – CBS4 Denver [04/09/2020]

Good Question: What About My Groceries? – CBS4 Denver [04/09/2020]

CSU makes own hand sanitizer amid COVID-19 pandemic – KDVR News [04/04/2020]

State, region at forefront of coronavirus research – BizWest Media [04/01/2020]

COVID-19: CSU Joins Forces With Alumni to Make Hand Sanitizers (Video) – CSU Source [04/01/2020]

CSU collaborating across campus and with local businesses to produce hand sanitizer – CSU Source [04/01/2020]

COVID-19: Colorado State University scientists answer questions during Morgan Community College webinar – Fort Morgan Times [03/26/2020]

Engineers, disease researchers moving quickly on a disinfectant against COVID-19 – CSU Source [3/24/2020]

Older people are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages – The Conversation [03/19/2020]

CSU Helps Research Bats & Coronavirus (Video) – CBS4 Denver [02/20/2020]

Experts discuss coronavirus at Colorado State University – Loveland Reporter Herald [02/19/2020]

Forum on the Science of Coronavirus with CSU Experts (Video) – Colorado State University [02/19/2020]

Re-creating live-animal markets in the lab lets researchers see how pathogens like coronavirus jump species – CSU Source [02/06/2020]