A number of UW Bioengineering faculty members quickly pivoted and are adapting their research to addressing the needs created by the coronavirus pandemic. From developing rapid at-home tests to vaccines and treatments, here is a sampling of some of the ways UW BioE faculty, staff and students are stepping up to help.
Using A.I. to predict risk of heart complications from COVID-19
Patrick Boyle, assistant professor, and his collaborators in UW cardiology and epidemiology are developing a way to use artificial intelligence to help frontline health care workers predict which COVID-19 patients are at highest risk for heart complications from the illness. Read the full story.
Developing biomaterials for self-vaccination
James Bryers, professor: The Bryers lab is developing biomaterials that can self-vaccinate the host, using a novel vaccine delivery approach. To combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the researchers are adapting their work on biodegradable hydrogels that spontaneously form a porous scaffold upon injection, that then enhances the adaptive immune response upon delivering a self-replicating mRNA vaccine.
Bioengineering Students Developing Platform to Assess Public Understanding of COVID-19
COVIDIA: A group of UW Bioengineering undergraduates came together this spring to develop a way to promote public understanding of the COVID-19 crisis. Through two design challenge competitions and the aid of mentors, they have refined their idea and are developing a platform called COVIDIA that aims to capture how well the public understands the disease and identify gaps in knowledge.