Rutgers COVID19 Response

COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness Awards

The Rutgers University Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2) serves as an institutional hub for COVID-19 research activities and information dissemination. The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic present unprecedented challenges to global health and scientific discovery. In 2020, Rutgers University created the CCRP2, a part of the Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases, to quickly respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and to stimulate transformative solutions for challenges at the local, national and international levels.

The following CCB faculty received awards for their COVID-19 research:

  • Computational Tools for COVID-19 Mpro Inhibitor Design and Precision Medicine: Drs. Darrin York and David Case

  • The essential role of protein motions in therapeutic design: understanding how dynamics regulate SARS-CoV-2 spike RBD-ACE2 interactions: Dr. Jean Baum

  • Fragment based ligand discovery against SARS-CoV-2 papain-like protease: Dr. Sagar Khare (with Drs. Nilgun Tumer and Xiao-Ping Li of Plant Biology)

  • Structural and Small-Molecule Binding Studies of SARS-CoV-2 Polyproteins and Proteins: Dr. Edward Arnold (with Dr. Jason Kaelber of IQB)

  • Super-effective face masks with internal decontamination of virus particles: Dr. Joachim Kohn (with Drs. Sanjeeva Murthy and Kim-Phuong Le of NJCBM)

Rutgers Global Health Institute Seed Grant

Administered by the Rutgers Global Health Institute, the Global Health Seed Grants are awarded to faculty conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary activities that address health inequities in New Jersey and around the world. With these grants, the institute aims to help faculty pursue new ideas and seed expanded research and funding.

Development of an Ultrasensitive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Detection Method Using Upconversion Nanoparticle-based Biosensing: Dr. KiBum Lee