UMass Amherst COVID-19 Response Teams

A large and diverse group of scientists at UMass Amherst have aligned to create ‘Response Teams’ to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. These teams bring together expertise from engineering, the life sciences, nursing, computer science, and public health & health sciences. They are addressing regional unmet needs, such as a lack of enough personal protective devices (PPDs), and a lack of specific reagents needed for COVID-19 testing. Some of the efforts mounted by these COVID-19 Response Teams are highlighted below.

Open Standard Respirator Collaboration

Rapid Prototyping for Open Source N95 Design

The UMass ADDFab core facility is rapidly printing prototype parts and prototype molds in collaboration with Cofab Design in Holyoke, MA


Contact tracing in office and campus settings

WiFiTrace is a network-centric contact tracing method that uses enterprise WiFi networks for contact tracing in office and campus settings.

'Smart Swab' Detector

COVID-19 Testing Swab

UMass Chemists mobilize quickly aiming to create color-changing swabs to detect exposure of COVID-19.

UMass Face Shield

Face Shield for Rapid Production

The personal protection equipment (PPE) shortage motivated the development of a face shield that can be produced using laser or die cutting.


COVID-19 Testing Media

UMass researchers are working to streamline production of viral transport medium (VTM) for SARS-CoV-2 clinical testing.

IALS COVID-19 Town Hall and Q&A-Recap

Here is a recap of the short presentations from clinical and research leaders on the current COVID-19 pandemic which took place on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.

COVID-19 Forecast Hub

More accurate infectious-disease projections

The Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is developing a COVID-19 forecast hub by unifying multiple models in an effort to produce a more accurate picture of the potential impacts of the novel coronavirus.

UMass FluSense Predicts Trends

UMass Device analyzes coughing and crowd size

FluSense, a compact device about the size of a large dictionary, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict trends in infectious respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, by detecting cough sounds and counting people in public spaces.

Digital Media Lab 3D Printed Face Shields

UMass Amherst Libraries leading the production

Working as part of the UMass Amherst COVID-19 Response Teams, the Digital Media Lab in the W.E.B Du Bois Library has been leading efforts to produce 3D printed personal protective equipment.

UMass Amherst College of Engineering Upgrades Ventilators

Analysis, design and testing lead to upgrade of control cables and power sources

Baystate Health officials contact Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty to help upgrade control cables and power systems for ventilators.

Relevant Publications

Societal Impact of COVID-19

Read how the coronavirus affects us as a globalized society.

Research Funding Opportunities

Research to impact COVID-19

Information about funding opportunities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will be added to this page as they become available.

N95 Facial Masks

Protective face masks can be safely reused

UMass researchers show that sterilized face masks will protect our health care providers who are working under extraordinary conditions.

PPE Donations

UMass donates to area health providers & first responders

As part of the ongoing statewide and national response to COVID 19.

Do Home Remedies Work?

UMass Virologist Mandy Muller Separates Fact from Fiction

Answering common questions about COVID19, The Muller Report, on local radio channels 93.9 & 101.5 The River.

Collaborating on Treatment

Companies team up to develop treatment

UMass alumus from WuXi Biologics is partnering with Vir Biotechnology to develop a coronavirus treatment.

Volunteer Signup

If you wish to volunteer to help with any of the COVID-19 initiatives that our Response Teams are working on, please fill out this volunteer signup form. You will be contacted when an initiative requires your help. Note: Currently we can only accept submissions from the UMass community.

Research Funding Opportunities

UMass Amherst COVID-19 Resources

The University continues to provide the latest communications and a comprehensive set of resources on its official website.
UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19

The Office for Research and Engagement's website as they have resources specific to research activities.

EH&S provides COVID-19 information specifically for labs.


Secure Your Online Spaces

The transition to online teaching and learning, and remote work in general, has highlighted new cybersecurity challenges and concerns. Among them, the need for campus communities to protect online spaces against hackers, disruptors, and others with malicious intentions.

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