Infectious Diseases

Chewing to curb COVID

Penn Medicine will conduct a new clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a chewing gum designed by School of Dental Medicine researchers to trap SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Monkeypox: What is known and unknown

The current outbreak of monkeypox is showing no sign of slowing. Stuart Isaacs of the Perelman School of Medicine, an expert on poxviruses, sheds light on the disease, its prevention and treatment, and what to watch for this fall.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Access to HIV self-tests in Kenya

Marking World AIDS Day, Harsha Thirumurthy of the Perelman School of Medicine offers four takeaways from his research exploring the impact access to free HIV self-tests had on women in Kenya and on the importance of HIV awareness.

Kristen de Groot

A hub for zoonotic disease research

The new Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases, launched by the School of Veterinary Medicine, leans on Penn’s strengths in immunology and infectious disease to prepare for emerging threats to animal and human health.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

What we learned from Philadelphia’s vaccine lottery

In an op-ed, Katy Milkman and Linnea Gandhi of the Wharton School and Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences explain what policy answers they learned by developing the Philly Vax Sweepstakes, a citywide regret lottery.


U.S. News & World Report

The 2022 Best Countries Report ranks Switzerland as No. 1 in the world

The Wharton School has contributed to the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Countries ranking, placing Switzerland at No.1 for the fifth time.



Pfizer and Moderna seek authorization of omicron booster for kids ages 5-11

Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine says that uncertain benefits for children and lack of historical data on bivalent vaccines might not justify pediatric authorizations for omicron boosters.


The Guardian

Biden’s claim that COVID pandemic is over sparks debate over future

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel says that President Biden’s remarks reflect the general population’s current disregard of masks and pandemic precautions.



This is what life’s like in the world’s strictest COVID Zero city

Amy Gadsden of Penn Global says that China’s COVID Zero policies are a stark reminder of the party state’s ability to intervene in citizens’ lives in absolute and even cruel ways.


Philadelphia Inquirer

COVID boosters take aim just at omicron. This Penn lab is going after coronaviruses the world hasn’t seen yet

In Drew Weissman’s lab at the Perelman School of Medicine, researchers like Mohamad-Gabriel Alameh, Benjamin Davis, and Garima Dwivedi are developing pan-coronavirus vaccines to guard against future variants.