(September 8, 2020) Assistant professor Michael Schulz has joined a multi-institutional collaboration that is exploring the potential of virus-trapping gels and surfaces for the fight against COVID-19. The group, which also includes Maren Roman, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, and Robert Woods, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and chemistry at the University of Georgia, is working to determine whether the tendency of the virus to bind to carbohydrate-based polymers can be used to develop virus-trapping gels and surfaces.

The research is supported by a $200,000 National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant, with contributions from the Division of Materials Research and the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences.

Read more about the collaboration here.