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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


UF Health offers coronavirus testing for city of Gainesville employees

They drive the buses. They keep the lights on. They collect the garbage. In the face of the biggest public health emergency of the last century, they tirelessly do the…

UF mobilizes campus, Exactech expertise to make vital COVID-19 nasal swabs

For more information, contact Ken Garcia at or 352-273-9799. When University of Florida Health needed a massive supply of nasal swabs for expanded COVID-19 testing, the solution was right…

UF Health cardiologist: COVID-19 might be a disease of the lungs and the heart

As researchers continue to unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, they are increasingly realizing the disease caused by the novel coronavirus often involves more than the lungs that it ravages. It…

UF researchers seek to improve safety of personal protective equipment for health care workers

Through a newly funded National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research, or RAPID, grant, University of Florida researchers in environmental and global health and in epidemiology are on a mission to…

uf health experts in the news

Piyush K. Jain pens article for Fast Company

Piyush K. Jain, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of the UF Health Cancer Center, explains why…

Piyush K. Jain, Ph.D.

CNN talks to Drs. Kartic Cherabuddi and Juan…

Dr. Kartic Cherabuddi and Dr. Juan Vilaro discuss the complicated case of Enell “Trent” Porter who survived heart and kidney transplants, and…

"Trent" Porter

Dr. Scott Brakenridge on CNN

Dr. Scott Brakenridge discusses evolving discoveries about novel coronavirus’ behavior, including the various ways it attacks its hosts.

Dr. Scott Brakenridge head shot


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