The world urgently needs effective treatment for COVID-19, but viruses are not easy targets.

  • They multiply and spread rapidly.
  • The severity of symptoms varies from person to person.
  • They are quick to evolve.

Even established viral treatments like the flu vaccine must be continually adapted to remain effective. Research to uncover the structure and function of viruses will clear the path and set targets for new and more effective therapies like a vaccine for COVID-19.

 Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are working to meet this challenge.

Explore Research Opportunities
Your support will advance our research efforts to fight COVID-19 now and help minimize or prevent future outbreaks.

A study of how viral structural proteins impact host-cell response and disease progression, filling critical knowledge gaps to inform potential therapies.
Dawit Kidane-Mulat, College of Pharmacy 

A study to examine if an enzyme currently in clinical trials for cancer treatment can stimulate and enhance our own innate immune response, shutting down the virus and stopping infection.
Rongze Lu, Dell Medical School 

Investigations on synthetic lungs that simulate how young and elderly patients respond differently to COVID-19, pointing to more targeted and effective treatments.
Sapun Parekh, Cockrell School of Engineering 

Giving to Research at UT Austin

UT Austin has a long history of groundbreaking discoveries and deep expertise in the study of viruses.

Experts pursuing the most promising research

We’re working to illuminate the immune response, to understand how and why viruses target certain cells, and to engineer viruses to deliver therapeutics.

From research to clinical practice

We are able to rapidly translate epidemiological studies from the research lab to the patient’s bedside.

A track record of success

We are national leaders in engineering, technology, biomedical engineering and collaborative medical research.

Thank You

Your support can provide critical resources to our dedicated researchers and help provide the momentum we need to bring new tools to bear in our fight against COVID-19.
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