COVID-19 research at UF Health WE ARE at the forefront of research into infectious diseases.

Over the past decade, the University of Florida has moved into the top tier of research universities by providing world-class faculty across 16 colleges with the resources they need to produce groundbreaking research and useful new products. UF Health, the university’s academic health center, plays a leading role in UF’s research enterprise, generating 52 percent of total research awards.


UF College of Nursing, UF Health Shands Nursing, launch new program to fund nursing research and innovation

From developing new ways to communicate with patients to testing treatment protocols or running research trials in the hospital, nurses are known for coming up with solutions for hard-to-solve problems.…

Decrease in spay-neuter surgeries during pandemic may undermine pet welfare

Progress made over decades to control overpopulation of dogs and cats through high-volume spay-neuter surgeries is at risk thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a team of UF researchers conclude…

UF Health study shows sleepy, older adults restricted movement during pandemic

Taking time to go places, to visit friends or take a walk in the park, to socialize and meet new people or to simply stroll outside the familiar walls of…

UF researchers discover new way to inhibit virus that causes COVID-19

When the virus that causes COVID-19 enters the body, it hijacks cellular proteins and suppresses the human inflammatory response, allowing the virus to spread. University of Florida researchers have discovered…

COVID-19 Innovations & Inventions


EPI Creates High Throughput COVID-19 Testing Lab

In just 10 days a group of researchers, students and lab technicians across campus pulled together to assemble a high capacity COVID-19 testing lab in the Emerging Pathogens Institute

EPI Director J. Glenn Morris, M.D., meets with safety personnel from the Florida National Guard unit listed above, while setting up the institute's new high capacity COVID-19 testing lab.


Developing a next-generation coronavirus test for home use

Piyush Jain was headed home from another late night in his University of Florida lab when he got the word from his grad student — the rapid test they had been trying to develop for the novel coronavirus worked.

Professor Piyush Jain Portrait


Open-source ventilator project

This open-source project was created to address the predicted ventilator shortage worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to host open-source contributions for building new ventilators.

Dr. Samsun Lampotang and a group of researchers lead the way in designing, building low-cost, open source ventilator in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


COVID-19 lung transplants

The UF Health lung transplant team has collaborated with researchers around the world to identify preliminary guidelines for successful transplantation in patients whose lungs have been permanently damaged by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Surgical director Tiago Machuca, M.D., Ph.D., (left) and medical director Andres Pelaez, M.D., (right) congratulate a lung transplant patient (center) on his discharge. The research study emphasized the importance of multidisciplinary teams throughout the critical decision-making process.

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Oxygen crimping

The University of Florida Health’s Center for Safety, Simulation and Advanced Learning Technologies, or CSSALT, conceived a novel way to prolong the life of oxygen cylinders by reducing oxygen waste.

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Clinical Research and Trials


PreventCOVIDU is a study across the U.S. to learn whether the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine stops the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We know the vaccines prevent hospitalization and death, but we are still understanding if they stop the spread. By signing up, you can help answer some of the biggest questions for getting back to life. The study is enrolling 1,000 people ages 18-30.
If you would like to learn more or volunteer for this study, please contact the study team at or call (352) 273-9890. You can also learn more at

Clinical Research and Trials

HERO Registry

The HERO Registry collects information from essential workers in health care to better understand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on you, your colleagues, family, and friends. The HERO Registry is open to all clinical and non-clinical personnel who work in health care across North Florida.

uf health experts in the news

Dr. Arch Mainous for News 4 Jax

Arch Mainous, Ph.D, comments on how patients with severe COVID-19 twice as likely to require future hospitalizations for other illnesses.

Arch Mainous

Dr. Cindy Prins in Tampa Bay Times

Cindy Prins, Ph.D, discusses the 48 percent jump in weekly coronavirus infections as delta variant spreads. 

Cindy Prins

Dr. Nicole Iovine on WFTV Orlando

Dr. Nicole Iovine discusses the Delta variant and the number of cases in Florida.

Nicole Iovine


UF researchers respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read about the latest University of Florida research related to coronavirus.

Computer model of a virus