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CITRIS COVID-19 Response Seed Award Outcomes

CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series Fall 2020

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CITRIS COVID-19 Response Seed Award Outcomes


Simo Makiharju, UC Berkeley
Experimental Investigation of Droplet transport of Infectious Diseases

Liwei Lin, UC Berkeley
At-Home COVID-19 Detection on Face Mask

Colleen Naughton, UC Merced
Integrated Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment and Geospatial Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater for Vulnerable Populations

Lydia Sohn, UC Berkeley
An Ultra-Sensitive Method to Determine Viral Load of COVID-19 Patients for Patient Stratification and Care


David Lindeman, Ph.D., is the Director of CITRIS Health. Lindeman has worked in the fields of health care and long-term care for nearly 40 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, conducting research related to health care technology, assistive technologies, chronic disease management, healthy aging, disabilities, dementia, community-based and residential services, health care workforce, and family caregiving.


In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute launched a competition for seed funding to support projects addressing the pandemic with technological innovation. Within days of the application deadline, CITRIS was awarded a grant of $1.6M which enabled the funding of 31 projects. See the full list of awarded projects here. Projects were funded at an average of $50,000 each and selected with an eye towards cost, scalability, and impact. All are centered in one of four CITRIS-affiliated UC campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis (including UC Davis Health), UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz. Projects are designed to show research results within three to six months.

This panel highlights five of the funded projects and PIs will discuss progress and discovery to date.

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