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Three University of Arizona undergraduate students were competitively chosen to work virtually alongside BIO5 Institute administrative staff to enhance their personal and professional skills.
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Cellular and molecular medicine master’s student Mallory Thompson interacts with COVID-19 patients daily, strengthening her desire to pursue a medical degree following graduation.
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After she and nine family members were infected with SARS-CoV-2 during a family vacation, Jennifer Uhrlaub now advocates for the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing not only in public, but also around those close to us.
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Since the University of Arizona opened its doors, more than 9,000 students, faculty and staff had been tested for COVID-19 and everyone on campus was wearing a mask. The school had even begun sampling its wastewater to quickly detect a potential hot spot. But the centerpiece in the school's preemptive battle against COVID-19 was the "Covid Watch" smartphone app, which uses Bluetooth technology to send an alert to someone's phone if they are exposed to the virus.
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The BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship provided Jennifer Lising Roxas with a steppingstone to attain a two-year USDA fellowship award that funds her salary, research and travel to professional development opportunities.
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Innovative minds spanning several disciplines created partnerships to advance research and impact the lives of Arizonans at the second annual BIO5/BIOSA Faculty Industry Networking Event.
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Teaching labs will be among the first University of Arizona classes to meet in person when the fall semester begins, but they'll look a little different than usual. Dr. Hamish Christie, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and BIO5 member, offers a look inside a UArizona chemistry teaching lab as it prepares to welcome students back to campus.
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Harnessing the power of technology, the BIO5 Institute will virtually connect University of Arizona faculty and researchers with representatives from biotech, biomedical, and life science companies at the FINE event on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
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A team of engineers and scientists is developing a solar-powered desalination system to recover water from concentrated waste streams with maximum efficiency. The team is conducting research using the Optical Sciences Center solar testbed.
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Wolfgang Peti, a University of Arizona professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been investigating the interaction between two proteins implicated in Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease for nearly 10 years. Past technological limitations have prevented researchers from determining the precise physical relationship between the two proteins. Peti teamed up with Rebecca Page, professor and interim associate head of research and faculty affairs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, to address the research question through a new approach .
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Joyce Schroeder and Kristen Pogreba-Brown are lending their unique expertise and collaborative approach to mitigate the risk of returning to campus this fall.
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A UArizona team of researchers, including Department of Psychology distinguished professor and BIO5 member Dr. John Allen, has found that a program focused on yogic breathing – a meditative practice that involves slow and fast patterns of breath – improved participants' ability to cope with stress better than a workshop that focused on cognitive approaches to stress.
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A UArizona Cancer Center research team, co-led by BIO5 members Drs. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski and Dongkyun Kang, is creating a portable, less expensive version of a skin cancer diagnostic microscope to improve cancer care. This device would allow doctors to quickly and safely diagnose many skin cancers and monitor responses to treatment without a biopsy.
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Several research teams in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, including one featuring UArizona immunologist and BIO5 member Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya, are working on developing nasal coronavirus vaccines. The hope is that the nasal vaccines will do all that their intramuscular competitors can and more by mounting a multi-pronged attack on the virus from the moment it tries to enter the body.
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Dr. Yin Chen, UArizona College of Pharmacy associate professor and BIO5 member, was awarded a $2.58 million federal grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to seek a better understanding of fungal asthma caused by exposures to environmental fungi. Dr. Chen will collaborate with fellow BIO5 members Drs. Deepta Bhattacharya, Donata Vercelli, and Fernando Martinez on this study.
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A respiratory-assist device (RAD) co-created by Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, UArizona COM-T Pulmonary/Allergy division chief and BIO5 member, has been given a new use in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The device was originally developed for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, but now Dr. Parthasarathy's team is working to get the invention to front-line workers battling COVID-19.
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As Americans learn to live with the coronavirus, many are struggling with decisions about which practices are safe or risky for them. Dr. Elizabeth Connick, UArizona COM-T Infectious Disease Division chief and BIO5 member, and five other public health/infectious diseases specialists spoke with the Washington Post about their own behavior and precautions toward managing their risk of contracting coronavirus.
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Felicia Goodrum has been nominated for a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award to continue studying mechanisms of human cytomegalovirus persistence and their implications on human health.