COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 Research Projects at MSU

Updated September 21, 2020

Rajan Dewar
Predicting risk of thrombotic complications for COVID-19 patients.

Judith Lin
Capacity building of Telehealth for management of patients with chronic vascular disease.

Morteza Mahmoudi
Portable magnetic levitation system for rapid fatal cardiac risk assessment.

Supratik Rayamajhi, Adesuwa Olomu, Al-Abcha, Cherian, Oladeji, L Wang, Sumugdha Rayamajhi
Retrospective analysis of cardiovascular outcomes in patients with COVID-19.

Bin Chen, Seungtaek Kim
A collaborative project to evealuate drug candidates for COVID-19.

Bin Chen
Discovering new therapeutics for COVID-19 through targeting host responses,

Bin Chen, Ying Ding
RAPID: Dashboard for COVID-19 Scientific Development.

Jeffrey MacKeigan
Data-driven model of autophagy after SARS-CoV-2 infection in lung cancer.

Eva Kassens Noor
Personalized Artificial Intellegence to protect individuals from Covid-19

Kathleen Oberst, Zhehui Luo, Kevin Brooks, Hyokyoung (Grace) Hong
Assisting local hospitals with their electronic medical record data to conduct predictive analytics to inform their planning/response to a COVID-19 patient surge.

Taiquan Peng
Information networks and COVID-19 mitigation in Africa.

Jeremy Prokop
COVID RNA sequencing project.

Jeremy Prokop
Blood transcriptomics of SARS-CoV-2 patients before and after treatment to identify risk factors.

Jeremy Prokop
Rapid screening tools for genetic variants connected to COVID-19.

Jeremy Prokop
Viral integrated structural evolution dynamic database.

Kenneth Rosenman
COVID-19 mortality review.

Zhen Qui
Optical detection of SARS-CoV-2 is human samples.

Debajit Saha, Erik Shapiro
Effect of COVID-19 on sense of smell and identifying early indicator of the disease.

Irene Xagoraraki

SARS-CoV-2 in Detroit: surveillance and prediction

Kurt Zinn
Imaging viral induced fibrosis.

Anthony Oliveri, Melissa Millerick-May
COVID-19 preparedness for agricultural operations in Michigan.

Johannes Bauer, Bianca C. Reisdorf, Grant Blank, Shelia R. Cotten, Craig T. Robertson
Political and health information seeking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nazita Lajevardi, Ana Bracic, Dan Bergan, Dustin Carnahan, Sarah Reckhow, Kjerstin Thorson, Rachel Barry
Promoting the youth vote during a global pandemic.

Joanne Marciano, Ji Soo Lee, Melvin Peralta
Educational disparities experienced by marginalized youth during COVID-19.

Jae Puckett
COVID-19 consequences in transgender and gender diverse communities: building self-advocacy and coping through community-based intervention.

Charis Wahman
Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young children’s social-emotional outcomes and family function.

Andrew Bender, Dar Meshi, Andreas Lieberoth, et al
Collaborator on COVIDiSTRESS study a global online survey on attitudes and stress responses.

Kelly Hirko, Jean Kerver  
Advances in telehealth approaches at local hospitals in response to COVID-19 crisis.

Claudia Holzman, Lixin Zhang
Grocery shopping in the time of COVID-19.

Jean Kerver, Nigel Paneth
Understanding breastfeeding practices among ECHO cohort participants before and during/after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dawn Misra, Ken Rosenman, Lucy Aymor, Jade Greear, Patricia McKane, Chris Fussman
MDHHS proposal for COVID mortality review.

Stacey Missmer, Jennifer Johnson, Kathryn Terry, Amy Shafrir
Determining COVID-19 infections rates and pandemic impact on symptom exacerbation and mental health decline among girls and women with endometriosis chronic pelvic pain.

Supratik Rayamajhi, Shilpa Tatineni, Shouq Kherallah, Ling Wang, Sumugdha Rayamajhi
COVID-19 mortality review in a large community teaching hospital.

Supratik Rayamajhi, Adesuwa Olomu, Abdullah Al-abcha, Ling Wang, Mark Mujer, Ayowale Oladeji
Social determinants of health and COVID-19.

John P Verboncoeur, Gustavo de los Campos
Supply Chain risks and vulnerabilities.


A. Emiko Blalock, Randi N. Stanulis
'Can you hear me? Can you see me?': Medical students' enactment of culturally sustaining practices that honor the voice of community members during the era of COVID-19.

Debra Furr-Holden, Rick Sadler, Healtherlun Uphold, Jim Anthony, Jack Lipton, Irving Vega, Laura Cabrera, Chris Meghea, Ling Wang, Jeff Dwyer, Teresa Mastin
Michigan Network to Innovate for COVID-19 Equity (MNICE)

Dawn Misra
Developing a biostatistic database for Ascension Providence Hospital, emphasis on racial disparity.



Eric Achtyes, Lena Brundin, John Mann
Covid-19 related anxiety of inflammatory biomarkers in depressed and suicidal patients.

Judith Arnetz, Bengt Arnetz, James Janiesse, Eamon Arble
Sustaining nurses’ well-being in the wake of COVID-19.

Leapetswe Malete, Dale Joachim, Dawn Tladi, Reginald Ocansey, Joyce Ndabi, Elsie Chizua Umeano, Frank Lawrence
Enhancing youth emotional wellbeing, resiliency, and empowerment during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Rajan Dewar
Early detection and statewide testing.

John Hollenbeck
The changing nature of work in the context of COVID-19 contact tracing.

Zenggang Li, Brett Etchebarne, Yuki Harada, Mary Huges, John Gerlach, Christopher Contag
Isothermal amplification for rapid diagnostics.

Jack Lipton, Caryl Sortwell
Digital droplet PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 in low viral load specimens.

Anna Moore
SARS-CoV-2 promotes cancer through miRNA dysregulation.

Bruce Uhal
SARS-CoV2 binding to ACE-2: Effects on lung injury and blocking strategies

Irene Xagoraraki
SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater for prediction of COVID-19 temporal and spatial fluctuations in Detroit city and Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties.


Bengt Arnetz
How to provide kits to homes and what kinds of skills are needed to administer them. How to manage patients to prevent the spread of infection and to alleviate the need for hospital beds.

Emily Greeson, James Klausner
Stability of N95 masks after sterilization.

Melissa Millerick May
Reducing risk of disease transmission in the agricultural workforce using the Covid-19 Hazard Assessment And Mitigation Program (CHAMP).

Cody Pinger, Marcus Bunn, Nathan Tycocki
3-D printing of face shields.

Robert Quinn, Marc McClelland
Relationships between COVID-19 clinical outcome with the airway microbiome and metabolome.


Bryan Smith, Mark Worden
New ventilator designs by the BioDesign Program.


Michael Bachmann, Mark Reimers
Development of novel therapeutics based on plant compounds.

Arthur Jones III, Sang Seon Yun
Development of a plant-based dietary supplement for COVID 19 that augments natural killer cell functions.

Jeff MacKeigan
Therapeutic targeting autophagy and the lysosome (hydroxychloroquine) for SARS-CoV-2.

Nigel Paneth, Joseph Gardiner
MSU COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.

Supratik Rayamajhi, Shilpa Tatineni, Shouq Kherallah, Osama Mosalem, and Ling Wang, Sumugdha Rayamajhi
COVID-19 and therapeutic anticoagulation; a retrospective analysis on clinical outcomes.

Bruce Uhal, Yonghui Zheng, Tom Dexheimer, Joseph Nichols
Targeting ACE2 for blocking entry of SARS-Cov-2 virus.

Ping Wang, Brett Etchebarne, Jeffrey Gaudet
In vivo tracking of inhaled ACE2 targeting theranostic nanodurgs using magnetic particle imaging.

Ping Wang, Brett Etchebarne, Jeffrey Gaudet
Inhaled ACE2 targeting nanodrugs using magnetic particle imaging.

Yonghui Zheng
Enzyme inhibition in SARS-CoV-2 spike protein maturation.

Yonghui Zheng
SARS-CoV-2 spike protein/pseudo-type project.

Paul Coussens
Improve cells for vaccine production and testing coronavirus production.

Dohun Pyeon and Xuefei Huang
Developing novel vaccine program.

Xuefei Huang, Dohun Pyeon, Brett Etchebarne
Carbohydrate based vaccines for SARS-CoV-2.

Erik Shapiro
Chitin-based polymer nanoparticles as vaccine delivery and/or drug delivery to the lungs.