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plastic model of human lungs

Feb 10, 2023

Inhalable ‘SHIELD’ protects lungs against COVID-19, flu viruses

Researchers develop an inhalable powder that could protect lungs and airways from viral invasion. 

Masked and gloved researcher conducts tests in environmental lab.

Dec 7, 2022

Tracking COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, researchers are taking a look at our waste — specifically regional wastewater — to get a better view of outbreaks and trends to help ensure local communities have the information they need when making public health decisions. 

Nov 14, 2022

Wastewater, syndromic COVID-19 surveillance are important pieces of COVID-monitoring toolkit

Wastewater and syndromic surveillance monitoring are useful complements to lab-confirmed case surveillance during a pandemic. 

rows of vials containing covid-19 vaccine

Jul 6, 2022

Inhalable COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in rodent model

Inhalable, shelf-stable COVID-19 vaccine could address challenges of vaccine storage and administration. 

Healthcare professional dressed in blue scrubs administers vaccination to seated patient.

May 20, 2022

NSF RAPID grants support engineering research on pandemic for better future solutions

Faculty members in the College of Engineering are principal investigators (PIs) or co-PIs on three Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants awarded in 2020 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) focused on hospital surges, vaccine distribution and the well-being of college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Screen capture of WRAL video of Dr. Angela Harris speaking while in a lab.

May 3, 2022

WRAL features CCEE’s Angela Harris’ COVID-19 wastewater testing in new report

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is using data from wastewater to measure the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state, helping officials stay abreast of where outbreaks may occur. 

rows of vials containing covid-19 vaccine

Apr 1, 2022

Researchers roll out data on COVID vaccine distribution and waste

The researchers hope others can use the data to improve vaccination efforts in the future. 

Dec 1, 2021

What is the Omicron variant of COVID-19? And what do we know about it?

There is still a lot we don't know. But here is what we do know. 

medical professional dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE)

Apr 28, 2021

Understanding and controlling materials’ antiviral properties can lead to better PPE

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences began meeting weekly to figure out how they could contribute to slowing the spread of the virus and protecting frontline workers. Their immediate solution? Work on developing an antiviral coating that could be integrated into personal protective equipment (PPE) or applied to surfaces to inactivate SARS-Cov-2 and other viruses.