Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine



As a university with a large, comprehensive healthcare system, Jefferson has been on the front lines of the pandemic. The situation has required that everyone become a creative problem solver: faculty, staff and students have stepped up to analyze problems as they emerge and develop solutions for an array of issues. It has been a high-pressure demonstration of applied research and development in real time, and a potent example of how the University is spurring a convergence of disciplinary perspectives to address new and evolving challenges.

“Applied science uses in-depth inquiry to rigorously analyze problems and then develop and test answers,” says Ron Kander, PhD, associate provost of applied science. “Our researchers, students and designers worked hard to understand how COVID-19 changed our work and our lives, and have come up with innovative solutions to overcome these obstacles.”