University of Toledo

The University of Toledo will host a public forum featuring health experts to address the latest information on the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Protecting Health: Addressing the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, UToledo faculty and healthcare providers shared their expertise on the global spread of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.



Joan DugganJoan M. Duggan, M.D., is an infectious disease specialist, professor of medicine and senior associate dean in the UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Duggan specializes in HIV/AIDS and is the director of UToledo’s Ryan White Program, which offers high-quality comprehensive HIV/AIDS care services. The program uses a multidisciplinary model that incorporates healthcare, mental health services and case management for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Lucas County and the surrounding counties in northwest Ohio.



Jennifer Hanrahan

Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O., is an associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Disease. She specializes in healthcare-acquired infections, Legionella, influenza, vaccine-preventable infections, outbreak response preparedness and HIV/AIDS.

Jason Huntley

Jason Huntley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology who studies bacterial virulence factors and uses this information to develop vaccines. The main focus of Huntley’s research lab is Francisella tularensis, a highly infectious bacterium that causes the deadly disease tularemia.

Linda Lewandowski

Linda Lewandowski, Ph.D., is professor and dean of the College of Nursing, as well as vice provost for health affairs for interprofessional and community partnerships at UToledo. As a nurse and clinical psychologist, she has extensive experience in trauma research and disaster mental health.

R. Travis Taylor

R. Travis Taylor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology who evaluates interactions of virus and cellular proteins to identify key host proteins that are important to antiviral responses. His research focus is on the vector-borne members of the Flaviviridae family of viruses, including West Nile virus, dengue virus and tick-borne encephalitis virus, which are significant human pathogens with limited treatment options.


Media seeking to speak with any of these experts should contact Tyrel Linkhorn, PIO, at 419.530.5549 or

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Last Updated: 3/16/20