University of Southern California


COVID-19 Basic Research

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Omid Akbari  
Pedram S Jahani  
Georges Helou  

Characterized the lung immune cells for COVID-19 and are now measuring human serum to establish immunity.

Omid Akbari  

Study the immune landscape of patients with COVID-19.

Houda Alachkar  
Serghei Mangul  
Bassam Yaghmour  
George Yaghmour  
Emi Minejima  
Annie Wong-Beringer  

Study of T Cell Repertoire Changes in SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) Infected Subjects

Alexandre Bonnin  
Thea Tagliaferro  
Qiuying Zhao  
Saloni Walia  
Sue Martin  

Effects of maternal COVID-19 infection on blood placenta barrier integrity.

Michael Bowdish  
Zea Borok  
Adupa P Rao  
Perren Cobb  
Meghan Lewis  
John Alexander-Dam  

Studying stem cells and exosomes for moderate-severe COVID-19 respiratory distress syndrome.

Paula Cannon  

Providing non-infectious models of viral entry into cells for antibody screening.

Vadim Cherezov  

Structural basis of SARS-CoV-2 entry in the host cell

Edward Crandall  
Kwang Jin Kim  
Arnold Sipos  
Wei Ming Yuan

Studying exposure to COVID-19 proteins on lung cell function.

Stephen Cronin  
Pin Wang  

Deactivation of Airborne and Surface-Borne Viruses using Nanosecond Pulsed Plasmas

Francesco Cutrale  

Mapping SARS-CoV-2-induced metabolic changes in lung alveolar epithelial cells and macrophages

Senta Georgia  

Understanding the role of COVID19 in insulin cell dysfunction and the pathogenesis of diabetes

Young-Kwon Hong  
Dongwon Choi

Identifying and characterizing how COVID-19 enters human host cells.

Young-Kwon Hong  

CEACAM proteins as New Cellular Receptors for SARS-Cov-2

Jae U Jung  

Clinical outcomes, viral shedding and development of immune responses in mother-infant pairs affected by COVID-19.

Catherine Kuza  
J. Perren Cobb
Aarya Kafi
Keith Killu
Santhi Kumar
May Lee
Phillip Lumb
Peter Marshall
Adupa Rao
Mandeep Singh
Albert Yen
Samantha Huang
Spencer Roberson
Julian Wier
Donald Solio
Kimberly Sinclair

Delirium in critically ill patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Hayoun Lee  

Adapting sequence-based HIV platform for phylogenetic analysis of COVID-19 virus.

Hayoun Lee  

SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing and transmission cluster identification for COVID-19 genomic surveillance

Chengyu Liang  

Studying mechanisms of virus entry and egress to identify new methods for virus prevention via blocking transmission.

Keigo Machida  

Studying inhibition of COVID virus receptors for drug treatments.

Suraiya Rasheed  
Zea Borok  

Identification of specific COVID-19 mutations at different stages of lung disease.

Suraiya Rasheed  
William Guaderman  
Eric Kawaguchi  
Neha Nanda  

Classification of COVID-19 viral genome sequences in relation to disease severity.

Sita Reddy  
Lucio Comai  

Developed a pipeline to monitor genome-wide translation in live cells to, aiding the study of interactions between the virus and its human host.

Richard Roberts  
Terry Takahashi  

Constructing SARS virus proteins, developing high affinity binding reagents to these proteins, and deploying these reagents in serological assays to measure both viral proteins in biological fluids and the host antibody responses to infections. More here and here.

Bodour Salhia  
Parkash Gill  
Heinz-Josef Lenz  
Ann Hamilton  
Juan Pablo Lewinger  

Identifying molecular markers of severe outcome susceptibility for COVID-19.

Satish Thittamaranahalli  
Rajiv Kalia  

Data-Driven Modeling of Viral Dynamics in Covid-19 Patients

Marc Vermulst  

RAPID: Probing SARS-CoV-2 evolution and vulnerabilities through its mutation and fitness landscape

Rongfu Wang  

Immune response and regulatory mechanisms in COVID-19

Annie Wong-Beringer  
Emi Minejima  
Corey Kelsom  

Studying secondary bacterial infections in patients hospitalized for COVID-19.

Weiming Yuan  

Identifying SARS-CoV-2 virus genes responsible for disregulating human immune responses.

Weiming Yuan  

Suppression of NKT cell function by SARS-CoV-2 virus

Chao Zhang  

Discovering inhibitors of coronavirus protein.

Chao Zhang  
Arieh Warshel  
Pinghui Feng  

Efficient Antiviral Discovery via Covalently Targeting SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease