COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

This session will cover the different types of tests for SARS-CoV-2, what they measure, how they work, and what they tell us. The saliva-based surveillance testing at Notre Dame and the University of Illinois will be highlighted, as well as what the Universities learned this semester, and what institutions can do for a safer spring semester.

Preview for Week 8

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

Heidi Beidinger-Burnett gives a preview of this week’s session.  

Testing Overview

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

Mary Ann McDowell covers the different types of tests for SARS-CoV-2, what they measure, how they work, and what they tell us.

PCR Testing

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describing the basics of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) used to detect SARS-CoV-2 was originally posted for the Wastewater testing session.

Antibody Testing

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describes the basics of Antibody Testing used to determine if someone has been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Antigen Testing

Presented by Mary Ann McDowell

This tutorial describes the basics of Antigen Testing used to detect SARS-CoV-2 with a focus on the Sofia test used on the University of Notre Dame Campus.

HERE to conduct surveillance testing to keep the University open

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

Read the article by Gwen O’Brien that describes the surveillance testing at the University of Notre Dame.

Pictured above, row by row, top to bottom are Brad Sandberg, Jessie Schuman and Brandon Rich. In row 2, Caleb Reinking, Joanna McNulty, Liz Rulli and Zulema Reyes '23. In row 3 are Kiara Gallagher '21, Katelyn Steenvoorden '21 and Haley Rague '21. Not pictured are Melanie DeFord, Sue Ryan, Carol Mullaney, Carolina Avendano and John Lloyd.

Tracking COVID-19 Data

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

This presentation will track the COVID-19 data in St. Joseph County, IN, while describing the public health implications.

View the Event

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

Watch the recording from Monday, November 23, of a live discussion with Professors Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell below.  Register to receive information about how to join future live events.

Guest speakers are Liz Rulli, Associate Vice President for Research at Notre Dame and Paul Hergenrother ’94, Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Notre Dame alumnus, will discuss saliva-based surveillance testing at Notre Dame and the University of Illinois, what they have learned, and what institutions can do for a safer spring semester.

Liz Rulli has a Bachelors of Science in Management and a Masters of Science in Management from Purdue University.  She was appointed University of Notre Dame Associate Vice President for Research in 2008.  She is responsible for the financial and administrative affairs of all units that report to Notre Dame Research and leads all research-related aspects of pre- and post-award operations.  Ms. Rulli oversees the saliva-based surveillance testing at Notre Dame  Prior to joining Notre Dame, she was Director of Financial Affairs for the Vice President for Research at Purdue University.

Paul Hergenrother ’94, Ph.D., is the Kenneth L. Rinehart Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois. Professor Hergenrother received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. He went on to the University of Texas at Austin and obtained his Ph.D. in 1999. After an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 2001 where his lab works to discover and translate novel anticancer and antibacterial compounds.  Four anticancer compounds discovered in the Hergenrother lab have been licensed for development, including PAC-1 which has been moved forward to clinical trials through a start-up company, Vanquish Oncology, founded by Prof. Hergenrother.

Additional Resources

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

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