More possible entry points for COVID spike protein identified by Princeton scientists
Sept. 21, 2022
Written by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

One of the essential factors the COVID-19 virus needs to enter a host is a receptor on a human cell — a place where the universally recognized spike protein can latch onto the cell surface, pierce it, disgorge its infectious contents, and replicate.

Without a receptor, there is no replication. Without replication, there is no infection…

A fast, accurate, equipment-free diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 and its variants
Aug. 16, 2022
Written by Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

More than two years into the pandemic, the virus that causes COVID—SARS-CoV-2—continues to spread worldwide. Testing for the virus and its variants can help limit transmission and inform treatment decisions, and is therefore an important pillar of the public health response.

Now, a team of researchers from…

Our COVID-19 vaccines would not exist without this unsung Princeton technology
May 2, 2022
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

It might not look like much — a plastic box that fits in the hand, with tiny tubes jutting out the top and bottom. Too simple to be cutting edge. Too humble to save so many lives.

But for 20 years, researchers in Robert Prud’homme’s lab have fine-tuned this little box that has revolutionized drug manufacturing, enabling everything…

CDC Director Walensky visits Princeton to talk with students, tour COVID-19 testing lab
March 25, 2022
Written by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visited Princeton March 24 to tour the University’s COVID-19 testing laboratory and speak about her public health career during a lecture organized by members of the Class of 2022.

Walensky said there is still a lot of work needed to fight the…

Deep-learning diagnoses: Edge AI detects COVID-19 from smartwatch sensors
Feb. 28, 2022
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications
Combining questions about a person’s health with data from smartwatch sensors, a new app developed using research at Princeton University can predict within minutes whether someone is infected with COVID-19.
Princeton researchers discover new strategy to encourage vaccinations and masking
Sept. 21, 2021
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

In the face of a global pandemic, with more than 200 million global infections and 4 million deaths, and despite unprecedented efforts by public health officials, celebrities and influencers to convince everyone to wear masks and get vaccinated as soon possible, the results are mixed.

Now, two Princeton researchers have discovered an…

Vaccine stockpiling by nations could lead to increase in COVID-19 cases, novel variant emergence
Aug. 18, 2021
Written by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

The allocation of COVID-19 vaccine between countries has thus far tended toward vaccine nationalism, wherein countries stockpile vaccines to prioritize access for their citizenry over equitable vaccine sharing.

The extent of vaccine nationalism, however, may strongly impact global trajectories of COVID-19 case numbers and increase the…

New survey of researchers finds high compliance with COVID-19 protective measures
April 21, 2021
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

A new survey of Princeton researchers has found strong compliance with the University’s guidelines designed to protect health and safety during the pandemic.

Acknowledging the tremendous efforts of on-campus researchers and the resulting low case counts, the University continues to emphasize continued vigilance and adherence to

COVID-19 reduces access to opioid dependency treatment for new patients
April 15, 2021
Written by Aimee Bronfeld, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

COVID-19 has been associated with increases in opioid overdose deaths, which may be in part because the pandemic limited access to buprenorphine, a treatment used for opioid dependency, according to a new study led by Princeton University researchers.

Princeton technology could help improve COVID-19 vaccines
March 16, 2021
Written by Rachel Nuwer for the Office of Engineering Communications

A new technology being developed by Princeton University researchers and alumni could offer a more effective and robust delivery method for COVID-19 vaccines.

Compared to current vaccines, the technology, which relies on a new type of nanoparticle, could introduce five times as much of the vaccine’s active ingredient, mRNA, into…