COVID-19 Research News and Events

Princeton researchers are applying their skills and abilities to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways. See some of the many ways that the campus has responded.

Monday, Dec 14, 2020
by Jerimiah Oetting, for the Office of the Dean for Research

Princeton disease ecologist C. Jessica Metcalf and Harvard physician and epidemiologist Michael Mina say that predicting disease could become as commonplace as predicting the weather.

Monday, Dec 7, 2020
by The Office of Communications

When a local hospital experienced a surge in coronavirus patients last spring, it tapped Princeton University researchers for urgent solutions to help protect its healthcare workers.

Monday, Nov 30, 2020
by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

The alarming rate at which COVID-19 has killed Black Americans has highlighted the deeply embedded racial disparities in the U.S. health care system.

Monday, Nov 9, 2020
by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many other diseases, including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Monday, Oct 12, 2020
by Larry Bernard, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

An invention to apply plasma to frequently touched items for continuous disinfection could provide a safe and effective, non-chemical way to reduce pathogens on various surfaces such as keypads, escalator handrails and other high-touch surfaces, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) inventors say.

Monday, Oct 12, 2020
by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

For the first time, researchers have directly visualized how speaking produces and expels droplets of saliva into the air. The smallest droplets can be inhaled by other people and are a primary way that respiratory infections like COVID-19 spread from person to person.

Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

With implications for the transmission of diseases like COVID-19, researchers have found that ordinary conversation creates a conical, "jet-like" airflow that quickly carries a spray of tiny droplets from a speaker’s mouth across meters of an interior space.

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

A study of more than a half-million people in India who were exposed to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 suggests that the virus’ continued spread is driven by only a small percentage of those who become infected.

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

A survey of Princeton researchers who returned this summer to on-campus laboratory-based activities found a high level of compliance with the University's health and safety protocols.

Monday, Sep 21, 2020
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

New research suggests that the impact of natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key factors in shaping the future trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19.

Monday, Jul 27, 2020
by Liana Wait, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Vaccines are one of the most important tools we have in our defense against infectious diseases, but not everyone responds to vaccination in the same way. Parasites such as worms and viruses change the way a person or animal’s immune system functions, and this can affect their ability to respond to vaccines. 

Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
by The Office of Communications

A Policy Forum article published today in Science shows that an annual investment of $30 billion should be enough to offset the costs of preventing another global pandemic such as COVID-19.

Friday, Jul 10, 2020
by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are transforming, with pluses and minuses, scientific conferences around the world. Take the Coordinated Working Group Meeting (CWGM), an international event cohosted by the U.S.

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020
by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Most people only hear about seismometers in the context of big earthquakes or volcanoes, but the sensitive instruments detect much gentler movements as well.

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
by Princeton University

The Digital Transformation Institute has awarded $5.4 million to 26 projects to accelerate artificial intelligence research to mitigate COVID-19 and future pandemics. Princeton faculty members Matthew Desmond, Simon Levin, Stefana Parascho, H. Vincent Poor, Corina Tarnita and Mengdi Wang are among researchers to receive funding for their...

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
by The Office of Communications

In the latest episode of the “We Roar” podcast,...

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Princeton University has created a plan for the phased resumption of on-campus research in a safe and orderly manner, and as promptly as circumstances permit.
Monday, Jun 1, 2020
by The Office of Communications

Statement from President Eisgruber on the killing of George Floyd and the importance of confronting racism

Thursday, May 21, 2020
by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton researchers have developed a diagnostic tool to analyze chest X-rays for patterns in diseased lungs. The new tool could give doctors valuable information about a patient's condition, quickly and cheaply, at the point of care.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
by The Office of Communications

In the latest episode of the “We Roar” podcast, a vaccine expert describes what it will take to produce a coronavirus vaccine in less than two years — and why that timeline is already “miraculously fast.”

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.

Monday, May 18, 2020
by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

A National Science Foundation grant will support Princeton researchers studying how COVID-19 may be spread by people without symptoms through everyday social interactions involving breathing and speaking.

Friday, May 15, 2020
by The Office of Communications

Catching COVID-19 isn’t all-or-nothing, says virus researcher Caroline Bartman in the latest episode of Princeton University’s “We Roar” podcast. Instead, it’s more like a poison: while a tiny amount of most toxins might just make...

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...

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.

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.”

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.

Friday, May 1, 2020
by The Office of Communications

Even as about 90% of Princeton’s research labs are shuttered, care for research animals continues uninterrupted under the direction of Laura Conour, the University’s attending veterinarian and the director of Lab Animal Resources.

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.

Monday, Apr 27, 2020
by Sarah M. Binder and Patty Yelavich, Woodrow Wilson School

Access to comprehensive, quality health care is critical for promoting and maintaining health and well-being. Yet, under normal circumstances, health care accessibility is an issue for many in the United States. Covid-19 brings new challenges for low-income families, expecting mothers, and others at higher risk for serious illness.

Friday, Apr 24, 2020
by B. Rose Huber and Patricia Yelavich, Woodrow Wilson School

As the rest of the world struggles to combat Covid-19, China, where the virus originated in late 2019, appears to have made significant strides to quell the virus. As a result, researchers, health care professionals, and policymakers around the world are looking for the lessons learned from China’s experience.  

Friday, Apr 24, 2020
by B. Rose Huber, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

During any crisis, timely, and sometimes life-altering, decisions must be made, requiring an extreme amount of sound judgment under uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
by Sarah Binder, Woodrow Wilson School

Open Facebook or Twitter on any given day during the Covid-19 global pandemic, and it takes just moments before a questionable claim about the coronavirus appears — 5G technology causes people to succumb to the virus; inhaling steam will cure it; the virus is a bioweapon gone wrong. From the origins of the virus or potential treatments to what...

Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Princeton this week endorsed new guidelines aimed at accelerating the transition of the University's COVID-19 discoveries into solutions to protect health care workers and prevent, diagnose, treat and contain the pandemic.
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
An analysis by Princeton University researchers examines which rural areas will be hit hardest.
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
by B. Rose Huber and Patricia Yelavich, Woodrow Wilson School
Melissa M. Lee of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs comments on how developing countries can best respond, what tools they need most, and what could hamper their efforts to contain Covid-19.
Monday, Apr 13, 2020
by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

The National Science Foundation has awarded emergency grants to two teams of Princeton researchers developing ways to better track and contain pandemics including COVID-19.

Friday, Apr 10, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

With the aim of accelerating solutions to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton has awarded University funding for seven new faculty-led research initiatives with strong potential for impact.

Friday, Apr 10, 2020
by The Office of Communications
The University has made a number of donations to state and local partners that are working to help protect health care workers and emergency responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications
An international team of particle physicists have paused their search for dark matter to focus on the needs of victims of the global pandemic — in particular, their need to breathe.
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

From providing critical medical care to baking a birthday cupcake, Princeton staff members are dedicated to helping students who remain on campus during COVID-19.

Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Princeton researchers have been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to study how anxiety about COVID-19 influences how we learn and share information about the pandemic.

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2020
by Stephanie Benjamin, State Health and Value Strategies

As health care providers work tirelessly to test and treat patients who may have contracted the COVID-19 virus, state and local governments are working around the clock to create, adapt, and implement policies to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and address the growing needs of their constituents.

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

As COVID-19 spreads worldwide, leaders are relying on mathematical models to make public health and economic decisions.

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Updates to the guidance on
human subjects research

Updated Feb. 1, 2021

The Guidance for Resuming Human Subjects Research has been updated as follows:

  • The revisions provide a mechanism to allow enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and staff with permission to access University buildings to participate in human subjects research, either as a researcher and/or a participant.
  • The revisions require all on-campus labs conducting human subjects research to submit a Research Laboratory Operations Plan (RLOP) or Research Non-laboratory Operations Plan (RNOP).
  • Researchers and research subjects must participate in the Princeton University asymptomatic testing program, with the most recent test within one week of participation.
  • There has been no change to the policy prohibiting off-campus visitors from serving as research subjects on campus at this time.

Visit Human Subjects Research to learn more