Picture of UK engineering professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya, or "DB," directing research in his lab.
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  • May 14 2020

For the RAPID project, the team will create a membrane mask and other flat sheet materials with a more porous and spongy structure that will include charged domain and enzymes, which would capture and effectively deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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  • Apr 07 2020

The COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance team, a new workgroup within UK’s College of Medicine, is bringing together UK experts from across the campus to focus on advising COVID-19 patient care and clinical trials based on emerging research and potential treatment options.


    • Apr 14 2020

    "The country is running out of personal protection equipment, which is important to prevent not just my friends from getting sick, but my wife, too. She works as a physician," Winkler said. "We must protect those who are risking their lives to protect others from this disease."

    • Apr 10 2020

    “I am continually impressed and grateful every day for the effort and dedication of the staff of UK Healthcare’s clinical laboratories. They are in the lab working to improve the lives of patients 24/7 throughout the year.

    • Apr 1 2020

    The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits is making sanitizer and creating an instructional video for distillers who want to do the same. The multidisciplinary Beam Institute is naturally suited for projects of this nature, with experts in biotechnology, chemistry and engineering.

    • Mar 30 2020

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO) every two minutes a child dies of malaria and each year, more than 200 million new cases of the disease are reported. For the last 15 years, Kip Guy, dean of UK’s College of Pharmacy, has worked with a team of researchers to develop an anti-malarial drug.