• Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic

    Monday, May 18, 2020
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal Science.

    The researchers found that the vast number of people still vulnerable to the strain of coronavirus causing the pandemic — SARS-CoV-2 — and the speed at which the pathogen spreads means that climate conditions are only likely to make a dent in the current rate of infection.

  • Essential work: Princeton’s fly food chef provides sustenance for life-sciences research

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    Millions of tiny creatures — and the scientific discoveries that they make possible — depend on one of the essential workers reporting to campus during the pandemic.

    Gordon Gray is “chef de cuisine” at Princeton’s fly kitchen, where he brews a rich and hearty concoction for the roughly 2 million fruit flies that call Princeton laboratories home.

    The flies are indispensable for answering fundamental scientific questions on topics ranging from behavior to birth defects and human diseases such as cancer.

  • COVID-19's silent spread: Princeton researchers explore how symptomless transmission helps pathogens thrive

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    COVID-19's rapid spread throughout the world has been fueled in part by the virus' ability to be transmitted by people who are not showing symptoms of infection.

    Now, a study by researchers at Princeton has found that this silent phase of transmission can be a successful evolutionary strategy for pathogens such as viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. The study was published May 8 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • ‘We Roar’: Dr. Glenn Wakam ’11 digs into the racial inequities of COVID-19

    Friday, May 8, 2020
    by The Office of Communications

    “When this all started, COVID-19 was touted as the great equalizer,” said Glenn Wakam, a surgical resident currently volunteering in a Detroit-area hospital. “Officials said it didn't matter your race, your religion, your socioeconomic status, that this would affect us all the same. That's just not true.”

  • FDA approves ventilator designed by particle physics community

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    by by Lauren Biron, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Liz Fuller-Wright, Princeton University Office of Communications

    In just six weeks, from March 19 to May 1, an international team of physicists and engineers led by Princeton’s Cristian Galbiati brought a ventilator from concept to FDA approval.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Sunday, May 3, that the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) is safe for use in the United States under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, which helps support public health during a crisis.

  • MacMillan, Ploss labs to map viral-host interactions for COVID-19

    Thursday, Apr 30, 2020
    by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

    Responding to a challenge that tragic necessity has thrown to countless research labs around the world, a team from the Princeton Department of Chemistry will deploy its new cell mapping technology to shed light on the molecular interplay between COVID-19 and its host. The team is collaborating with Princeton molecular biologists who study viruses.


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