A woman holding a COVID test

Testing only the unvaccinated may do little to curb spread of omicron

Jan. 6, 2022

New University of Colorado Boulder research suggests while unvaccinated-only testing policies make sense when the unvaccinated population is large, they have little impact on transmission when there are few remaining unvaccinated people to test.

Masks with symbols of the hopes and dreams of the technicians behind them: A house, a lecturn, sign posts and a tree

Behind the Masks: Revealing heroes in COVID-19 research

Nov. 8, 2021

Lab technicians, all from populations historically excluded from engineering, collected data during the height of the pandemic at Denver public schools for environmental engineering professor Mark Hernandez's air ventilation research. Here are the stories of four of those technicans, Halle Sago, Sylvia Akol, Jeronimo Palacios Luna and Ximena Duenas Ibarra, and what they're working for.

Graphic from the paper showing how UV light penetrates a cell.

Type of ultraviolet light most effective at killing coronavirus is also the safest to use around people

Oct. 27, 2021

Professor Karl Linden explains his new research findings in The Conversation.

Respirogen syringe and OMBs

CU Boulder spinoff company develops technology that could treat COVID-19 complications

Oct. 19, 2021

After a year when the nation experienced a shortage of mechanical ventilators to help treat patients with severe COVID-19 complications, Professor Mark Borden's company Respirogen presents another treatment option: oxygen microbubbles.

Graduate student Teyha Stockman in a lab

Simple safety measures reduce musical COVID-19 transmission

Aug. 27, 2021

Published today in the journal ACS Environmental Au, University of Colorado Boulder and University of Maryland researchers have found that while playing musical instruments can emit the same levels of potentially COVID-laden airborne particles as singing, simple safety measures, such as masking instruments, social distancing and implementing time limits, significantly reduce this risk.

Irene Francino Urdaniz, graduate student in chemical and biological engineering, works on this research in the Whitehead laboratory.

Mutation-mapping tool could yield stronger COVID boosters, universal vaccines

Aug. 10, 2021

Researchers in chemical and biological engineering have developed a platform which can quickly identify common mutations on the SARS-CoV-2 virus that allow it to escape antibodies and infect cells.

Chieri Kamada

International student Chieri Kamada reflects on COVID experience

July 28, 2021

This unexpected and turbulent time was difficult for many students, but international students were often met with even more challenges and considerable roadblocks. As the campus prepares for a more typical fall semester, Kamada is finding new strength from her experiences – and a desire to help fellow international students.

Christian Lamb

International design challenge builds global engineering skills for CU students

May 3, 2021

When the pandemic hindered the original plans of the Engineers Without Borders team, Christian Lamb's team transitioned to pursue an international design challenge assisting two towns in rural Peru.

Gloved hands holding a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

To safely return to 'normal,' 70% of Coloradans must get COVID vaccine

April 28, 2021

Results come from a new mathematical study led by researchers at two University of Colorado campuses, who explore what it might take for the state to safely shed mask mandates, limits on indoor dining and a range of other restrictions.

An air purifier the size of a water bottle sits among wine glasses on a restaurant table

How one restaurant’s experiment may help diners breathe safely

April 14, 2021

The Washington Post looks at how an air monitoring system designed by CU Boulder's Mark Hernandez is helping a California restaurant keep its patrons safer during COVID.