University of Arizona immunobiologist Michael Johnson is investigating why copper compounds are toxic to bacteria and describes how they could help scientists disrupt the path of the coronavirus.

UArizona Names Surgeon General Carmona to Lead Campus Reentry Plan

University of Arizona president, Dr. Robert Robbins announced in April his plans to resume in-person classes Aug. 24, bringing back 45,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff for fall 2020.

UArizona, State of Arizona to Expand COVID-19 Antibody Testing Statewide

The University of Arizona – State of Arizona antibody testing initiative will include 31 sites across the state as it expands to all 15 counties.

Tonight’s guest, Arizona’s Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, also featured on today’s installment of the “Pac-12 Perspective” podcast, presented by Nike

“The way that the antibodies dominantly work is they actually … neutralize the virus,” said Dr.

UArizona Health Sciences Colleges Create New Ways to Celebrate Graduates

The five Health Sciences colleges at the University of Arizona plan special ways to mark the rite-of-passage of earning a degree, despite COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson to Celebrate ‘Virtual’ 2020 Convocation

On May 14, a total of 117 medical students from the University of Arizona in Tucson officially will become physicians and earn their Doctor of Medicine degrees.

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins and Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich discuss the University’s leadership in creating a COVID-19 antibody test 

This page serves as the central location for updates and guidance from the University of Arizona on the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

A first phase of testing will begin April 30 in Pima County and will include 3,000 health care workers and first responders.

"The first infections came out in December,'' said Deepta Bhattacharya, an associate professor at the Department of Immunobiology at the school's college of medicine.

In just one hour on March 17th the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US increased by about 600. 

UArizona President to Have Blood Drawn for COVID-19 Antibody Testing

After his blood draw, Dr. Robert C. Robbins will announce plans for the university’s fall semester. Appointments for this first round of testing for 4,500 people in Pima County are filled. No walkups.

Thirteen research teams will address various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic with financial support from rapid-turnaround seed grants supplied through the BIO5 Institute and state funding. 

The Johnson Lab is proud to announce that we have been awarded $60,000 for our COVID-19 Rapid Turn-Around Seed Grant proposal, The Use of Novel Copper Ionophores to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Persistence 

2019 Seed Grant winner Sam Campos is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona researching the Modulation of Intrinsic Immune Pathways by Oncogenic Papillomaviruses


Graduate students dream of their dissertation defense, the culminating moment when they present years of research in front of their doctoral committee members, peers, family and friends.

Felicia Goodrum Sterling is a virologist, president-elect of the American Society of Virology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

The University of Arizona is partnering with the state to analyze blood samples to determine who has been exposed and develop antibodies against COVID-19.