COVID-19 Research

COVID-19 Research at Texas Biomed


Since the pandemic began, we have been conducting a wide array of studies to understand SARS-CoV-2 and its variants, and develop diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. Much of that work hinged on critical resources: animal models for COVID-19. Thanks to our Southwest National Primate Research Center and experienced scientists in animal research and biocontainment laboratories, we knew right away how we could make a significant contribution to the global health crisis. We would develop the animal models needed to study the disease and develop vaccines and therapies. And that’s what we did, thanks to massive support from the local San Antonio community, which rallied behind our efforts and donated more than $5 million in a week! Since then, we have worked with academic, government and industry partners on dozens of projects and published more than 50 research papers on COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, the urgent need for greater understanding and therapies has not let up. At the start of 2022, we have more than $28 million in active COVID-19 research projects.

You can get a fuller picture of our Institute and what it was like to work through the pandemic in our 2020 annual report: Science is the Hero.

Watch a in-depth segment about our COVID-19 work as of October 2021 on KSAT Explains.


Here is a selection of our key COVID-19 research: