Published: March 9, 2021

A large team of scientists from departments across campus† are studying how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is changing over time as it moves through our campus population. The CU Pandemic Study is enrolling people who are using the campus saliva testing sites, or plan to use them at some point in the future. (You only have to enroll once.)  The study collects survey information about people’s experiences during the pandemic, and uses their leftover saliva samples for research including sequencing viral variants and measuring viral loads in different individuals. Researchers are also investigating ways to improve COVID-19 testing and pandemic response strategies.

Want to help

To join the study, you must be at least 18 years old (or at least 17 years old for students). Enrollment is completed online and takes about 10 minutes. Your data is collected using a secure HIPAA-compliant web application developed by Vanderbilt at the link below. All samples and data are secured and coded by approved methods for research to protect your confidentiality.

Family and household members using these testing sites are also eligible to enroll, so please forward this information to anyone affiliated with CU Boulder!  

Join here!

Study Personnel

Study personnel can be reached at with any questions.

† Study Investigators include:

  • Sara Sawyer, PhD – MCDB & BioFrontiers Institute
  • Roy Parker, PhD – Biochemistry & BioFrontiers Institute
  • Matt McQueen, PhD – IPHY & Institute for Behavioral Genetics
  • Leslie Leinwand, PhD – MCDB & BioFrontiers Institute
  • Cresten Mansfeldt, PhD – Environmental Engineering
  • Dan Larremore, PhD – Computer Science & BioFrontiers Institute
  • Ed Chuong, PhD – MCDB & BioFrontiers Institute