Numerous researchers across multiple disciplines at Georgia State are working to untangle the mysteries of the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to find treatments to against it, and to track its spread.
In the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, faculty members are looking at multiple ways to understand and fight the virus, working to identify candidate therapeutics to inhibit viral replication, to use drug repurposing strategies to find successful treatments, develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, and to investigate gastrointenstinal symptoms of COVID-19. More about IBMS researchers is at https://news.gsu.edu/2020/04/07/georgia-state-biomedical-scientists-join-the-global-race-to-fight-covid-19/.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, researchers are collaborating to better understand the virus, have found potential in repurposing an existing medication for rheumatoid arthritis to fight novel coronavirus, and to develop better diagnostics for early detection of SARS-CoV-2, including the repurposing of an existing technology developed by faculty – which could be used for rapid diagnostics and patient triage in emergency rooms. Computer scientists have teamed up with epidemiologists in the School of Public Health to use social media chatter on Twitter to gain unique insight into the spread of the virus, and to measure how the public is gaining information (or disinformation) about the pandemic. IBMS researchers are teaming up with the School of Public Health to study the role of environmental characteristics on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in different settings.
Georgia State’s Research Magazine has more about this work in its latest edition. Click here to read “On the Front Lines – Fighting Coronavirus”.
The university’s scholarship and research related to the pandemic also extend to faculty in the College of Law and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Law faculty have weighed in on the possibility of liability impacts to businesses that open too soon (click here to read more), and Andrew Young School faculty have released research indicating that workers who have lost their jobs as a consequence of the pandemic may find themselves displaced by automation during the eventual recovery. Read more about the AYS research here.