Zhenyu Li, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Li is integrating microfluidics and nanophotonics, i.e. optofluidics, for biomedical applications, particularly single cell analysis for stem cell and cancer research. Additional projects he is working on include handheld biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics, and bendable, stretchable microelectronics for wearable sensing.
Cynthia Dowd, Chemistry
Dr. Dowd is engaging in several interdisciplinary projects related to antibiotic drug discovery and structure-based design. Her research focuses on the development of inhibitors for specific targets implicated in the survival of disease-causing bacteria.
Igor Efimov, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Efimov is advancing new therapies for treating patients with abnormal heart rhythms—like an implantable, custom-fit device that wraps around a patient’s heart and detects impending cardiac arrest.
Bernard Wood, Anthropology
Dr. Wood is studying how to better classify and reconstruct evolutionary relationships among hominins, the lineage that led to our own species, Homo sapiens, with a particular focus on skull and tooth fossils.
Megan Leftwich, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Leftwich is investigating the fluid dynamics of natural phenomena, such as human birth and pinniped (sea lion) swimming, and applying findings to engineering problems.
Scott Powell, Biology
Dr. Powell is researching questions at the interface of community ecology and evolutionary biology, using ant species. He examines how ecology shapes adaptive trait evolution, and how the traits of extant species influence the assembly of contemporary ecological communities.
Lance Price, Environmental and Occupational Health
Dr. Price studies the human microbiome-- the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the human body. One project looks at the bacteria that live in the human nose to find new ways to prevent infections with Staphylococcus aureus and particularly a dangerous type of antibiotic-resistant Staph called MRSA.
Patti Gravitt, Global Health
Dr. Gravitt and colleagues are developing a better way to prevent cervical cancer in at-risk women in the Loreto region of Peru. They’ll look at an HPV-based screen and treat strategy, in which women with a risky HPV infection are sent to treatment—before a pre-cancer has the chance to turn malignant.
Volker Sorger, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Sorger squeezes light into spaces just a few nanometers wide to more efficiently power smartphones and computers in the field of nanophotonics. With a new National Science Foundation grant, he’s launching a program that will give students experience with nanotechnology earlier in their academic careers.
Sameh Badie, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Badie conducts research on reinforced and prestressed concrete structures including testing full-scale concrete components, such as deck panel systems and prestressed concrete girders, that will help build safer, more earthquake-resistant bridges and buildings.
Akos Vertes, Chemistry
Dr. Vertes is developing tools to rapidly identify the root cause of biological and chemical threats. Under a $14.6 million award from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he and his collaborators are tasked with reducing to 30 days this process that can otherwise take years.