Skip to main content

Health & Science

Hope After COVID

Winter 2021
Northwestern Medicine surgeons perform double-lung transplants, giving new life to eight COVID-19 survivors.

Read more about the surgery

dr bharat or
John Rogers doesn’t just lead the field of stretchable bioelectronics — he founded it. He has invented a mind-boggling number of devices, pushing boundaries to extreme limits and creating electronics that are impossibly thin, flexible, stretchy and smart — blurring the distinction between body and device.

Read more about John Rogers

john rogers opener
Seeing her own family members treated unfairly in health care settings gave Melissa Simon ’06 the resolve to become a doctor and change health care from the inside. Today, she combines research and community outreach to reduce gaps in health care services for medically underserved communities.

Read more about Melissa Simon

Melissa Simon Hero v2
I’m a social psychologist working in industry, so understanding “winning” qualities of leadership has always been a particular curiosity for me. Because of his direct and candid approach, knowledge of the facts and quiet leadership, people listen to and respect Anthony Fauci — the unwitting hero of 2020.

Read Jennifer Rosner's essay

Fauci Hero
As communities across Illinois respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and brace for its long-term effects, mental health and wellness are central to the recovery strategy. Rachel Bhagwat ’12 and Anthony Guerrero ’14, ’18 MS are on the team leading that effort at NAMI Chicago, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Read more about Rachel Bhagwat and Anthony Guerrero

Rachel and Anthony Illustration
Lithium is the lightest metal on the periodic table and can charge quickly into a variety of electrode materials, making it uniquely valuable for batteries. Lilac Solutions aims to deliver a sustainable solution to the global lithium-supply problem.

Read more about David Snydacker

lilac 5 questions
In the wake of the coronavirus, life will never quite return to “normal.” We asked Northwestern professors to weigh in on how life has been transformed as a result of the pandemic.

Read the professors' perspectives

When New York's Montefiore Medical Center admitted its first COVID-19 patient on March 11, Albert Einstein School of Medicine professor of medicine Kenneth J. Schaefle ’90 was pulled in alongside many others to help with the COVID response.

Read more about Ken Schaefle

Ken Schaefle
When Northwestern researchers Chad Mirkin and David Walker ’14 PhD heard about the PPE shortage, their team sprang into action. They used a new 3D-printing technique they invented called “high-area rapid printing,” or HARP, to produce face shields at high volumes.

Read more about the 3D technology

3D printing
The coronavirus pandemic forced patients and doctors to engage via video and phone — and made virtual visits mainstream. Doctors say video visits and phone check-ins advance the delivery of health care by removing physical barriers, while also increasing privacy and reducing stigma.

Read more about telehealth and its benefits

telehealth hero