COVID-19 Research Resources

Clemson University faculty members from a multitude of disciplines have expertise to support research on COVID-19 prevention, preparation and response. The Clemson University School of Health Research has compiled a list of faculty members below as part of an effort to promote COVID-19 research collaborations and to connect Clemson faculty with clinicians treating COVID-19 patients across the state.

  • College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

    ANJALI JOSEPH
    anjalij@clemson.edu
    Architecture/Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing
    General research areas: Health care facility design, patient safety, operating room design, designing to reduce infections, worker safety
    Overview: I have expertise related to the design of the built environment of health care facilities to support effective and safe workflows and practices for pandemic care in different settings. I also have expertise in conducting human factors analysis to understand how the built environment can be designed/modified to support safe interactions while providing COVID-19 care. I am collaborating with David Pastre and the team at MUSC to develop actionable tools and protocols for setting up drive-through testing stations for COVID-19 in Charleston and surrounding areas.

    PAMELA E. MACK
    pammack@clemson.edu
    History/Science and Technology in Society
    General research areas: History, STS, history of science, science and technology in society, history of medicine
    Overview: I am a historian of science and technology with some experience with the history of medicine. I am interested in how the public responds to scientific information and also on how policy choices are made at the intersection of changing scientific information and political concerns. I am the Coordinator for Science and Technology in Society and am teaching a Spring minimester D course on Epidemics in Historical and Cross-Cultural Context in which students will build a web page of sources to understand the current COVID-19 pandemic in a larger context.

    ARELIS MOORE DE PERALTA
    ared@clemson.edu
    Languages
    General research areas: Health disparities, preventable diseases, U.S. minorities, community-based participatory research, CBPR, behavioral health, building healthier communities, Latinx families
    Overview: As a medical and social epidemiologist, I have experience in conducting quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research, particularly on health disparities among Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). My research focuses in inter-disciplinary and participatory approaches to explore social determinants of health and to promote health equity in underrepresented communities in the U.S. and the LAC region. My research includes using community-engaged, assets-based approaches and partnerships with community-based organizations and the community at large to study and to address public health priorities in underserved communities. Several of my studies have focused on Hispanics residing in South Carolina's Upstate using effective outreach methods to gather data in an efficient and expedited manner. My research experience before joining Clemson University included descriptive and analytical epidemiological studies on various infectious diseases including vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV and vector-borne diseases.

    WINIFRED E. NEWMAN
    elyssen@clemson.edu
    Architecture
    General research areas: Responsive environments, VR/AR content, education
    Overview: My research involves using automated and interactive environments to streamline processes in manufacturing, fabrication and the making of building components. I also investigate VR/AR learning environments for online education, including content design. My work with the online student course advising map is part of an NSF project submitted with K.C. Wang (Clemson) and others. It would be a great project to address tele-advising and online student advising, especially during times of social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus.

    DAVID PASTRE
    pastre@clemson.edu
    Architecture
    General research areas: Design, testing, facilities, emergency, MUSC
    Overview: I am working with Erik Modrzynski, MUSC’s Emergency Manager, on documenting the drive-through testing center MUSC has built in Charleston. MUSC was very proactive in being prepared for, what was at the time, a possible pandemic. Erik assembled the site with his team on the fly, but asked for help recording their approach to testing in a format that could be shared with other communities. My design studio along with design professionals in Charleston are helping to put together this document. We have completed the first version, which is currently in the hands of MUSC to share with other hospitals and communities as a best-practices model to test for viruses in a drive-through fashion. We expect this to be a living document with multiple revisions and additions. We are also working with MUSC to design a safe method to administer tests to walk-up patients, which will also be added to this document once designs are completed and vetted.

    KELLY C. SMITH
    kcs@clemson.edu
    Philosophy and Religion; Biological Sciences
    General research areas: Biomedical ethics
    Overview: For many years, I have worked in biomedical ethics, including coordinating the ethics and professionalism curriculum at the USC School of Medicine-Greenville. I have also done some clinical ethics consulting. Ethical considerations to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic include, but are not limited to, ventilator distribution/allocation in times of shortage, medication selection for illnesses with no validated standard of care and work attendance in environments of high infection risk, especially for those with caregiving responsibilities for family member(s) among groups at high risk for mortality if infected with COVID-19.

    JAMES H. SPENCER
    jhspenc@clemson.edu
    City Planning and Real Estate Development
    General research areas: Emerging Infectious Diseases and planning/urbanization, informal water and sanitation infrastructure
    Overview: The link between animal husbandry, wild animals, urbanization and pandemics: There has recently been some popular writing highlighting our work on avian influenza, urbanization and wildlife/farming interface. Since 2005, our team from University of Hawai'i and the East West Center has been supported by NSF (Coupled Human-Natural Systems) to examine this intersection for highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in Vietnam. Our latest paper on Landscape and Urban Planning has been summarized in an East West Center WIRE brief and was picked up in its entirety by the Sri Lankan Daily News and referenced by the Voice of America

COVID-19 Testing Data

Information gathered from the University’s COVID-19 testing strategy can be valuable for researchers studying effects of the pandemic on health resources and the sustainability of communities. To support this research, the University is making de-identified datasets accessible to Clemson researchers. The baseline information provided will not include any identifiable private information of the individuals tested, and the use of COVID testing data for research requires review to ensure that privacy rules are followed. Learn more.