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Scientists are developing new ways of collecting and analyzing biomarkers in sweat. UArizona BIO5 faculty members Dr. Erin Ratcliff and Dr. Esther Sternberg from the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine-Tucson, respectively, are leading research that could allow physicians to use patient sweat samples as a less invasive approach to establishing and monitoring health.
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UArizona Health, Campus Health, Banner Health and the Pima County Health Department held a panel discussion to provide preventative measures and information on the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Panelists, including UArizona Distinguished Professor, Confucius Institute Director, and BIO5 member Dr. Zhao Chen, encouraged the public to spread facts, not fear; practice compassion; and wash their hands.
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Dr. Jeffrey Burgess, a UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health researcher and BIO5 member has spent decades researching the connection between firefighters and chemical exposures that can lead to cancer. Dr. Burgess and a team of researchers throughout the U.S. are looking into the genetic changes caused by a firefighter's exposure to chemicals present at fires and different methods that can be used to quickly clear their bodies of these toxins.
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UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and BIO5 member Dr. Donata Vercelli, sat down with the Daily Wildcat to discuss her research, the impact of the microbiome, and how different microbes can affect arthritis and treatment progression. Dr. Vercelli believes that educating the public about microbiomes is important, because microbes have an invasive effect on many things including our immune responses, blood pressure, and moods.
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The National Cancer Institute, a unit of the National Institutes on Health, has awarded a UArizona Cancer Center study a five-year, $6.9 million grant. The team, led by UArizona Skin Cancer Institute co-director, College of Medicine-Tucson Dermatology professor, and BIO5 member Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, will use the funding to help develop new strategies to prevent and reduce the risk of squamous cell carcinoma, the second most-common form of non-melanoma skin cancer.
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Andre Schreiber, an undergraduate working with UArizona Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering and BIO5 member Dr. Jerzy Rozenblit, won a coveted spot in the INFINITI Engineering Academy. Schreiber will take his engineering background and love of automobiles to the U.K. this summer to receive elite training in the automotive and motorsport industries.
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There is an outbreak killing California’s citrus trees that has caused the state’s orange growers to expand a quarantine zone to cover more than 1,000 square miles of infected land in four counties. Dr. Judy Brown, a UArizona professor of plant sciences and BIO5 member, is working to figure out how to cut off this disease before it affects ever-valuable citrus crops in Arizona.
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Reglagene, a biotech start-up led by BIO5 members Drs. Laurence Hurley and Vijay Gokhale, placed second in the RESI Innovation Challenge during JPM Week in San Francisco. The RESI Challenge featured 30 early stage life science companies from around the world and is designed to help startups refine their business plan, improve go-to-market strategies and increase investor readiness.
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A UArizona research team, including BIO5 members Drs. Kobus Barnard and Mihai Surdeanu, have been awarded $7.5 million to create an artificial intelligence agent that can understand social cues and human interactions, and use that information to help teams achieve their goals. The grant comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and is part of DARPA's Artificial Social Intelligence for Successful Teams program.
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A group of UArizona researchers, including computational biologist and BIO5 faculty member, Dr. Eric Lyons, discuss their methods and best advice for working with large and complicated data sets. Among the many tips, Dr. Lyons examines how video-capture tools can be used to record data analysis commands and keep track of different variables and inputs.
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Dr. John Szivek, BIO5 faculty member and UArizona professor of engineering, uses 3D printing to help broken bones regrow and heal. A group of students working on a 2020 Honeywell-sponsored senior capstone project will use similar 3D printing techniques to custom build a plate with temperature control capabilities to investigate how surface temperature impacts construction.
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With adversaries including termites and carpenter ants, scientists are studying how to look out for invasions and go on the offensive. A mere 5 percent of animals ever become pests, said Dr. Dawn Gouge, UArizona public health entomologist and BIO5 member.

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Early studies show that infection with Toxoplasma gondii may have unexpectedly protective effects in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Anita Koshy, UArizona associate professor of Neurology and BIO5 member, studies how the self-defense mechanisms the infection uses to survive in its host could one day be used to treat human illness.
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Dr. Gene Alexander, UArizona psychology professor and BIO5 member, discusses his findings about how exercise impacts brain functioning and health. Along with his colleagues, he has found that exercise has positive effects on the brain and cognitively challenging exercise may benefit the brain more than physical activity that makes fewer cognitive demands.
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New UArizona research, led by Department of MCB associate professor and BIO5 faculty Dr. Nancy Horton, has revealed the structure and function of one of bacteria’s latest strategies in the fight against viruses. The findings are part of Dr. Horton's larger research interest in the existence of filament-forming enzymes. Filaments had been largely forgotten to science until 2010, when a handful of labs around the world began investigating them using newer, higher resolution electron microscopes.
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Campos lab PhD candidate Brittany Uhlorn looks at how many UArizona graduate school colleges are allowing applicants to omit GRE scores, as they are rarely correlated to grad student success. BIO5 members Drs. Frans Tax and Daniela Zarnescu provide their research and experiences with GRE score impact on predicting student success.
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A study co-authored by Dr. Michael Worobey, the head of UArizona Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and associate director of the BIO5 Institute, has found that how successfully a person can fend off the flu depends on if the strain was first encountered during childhood. These findings could offer an explanation for why some patients fare much worse than others when infected with the same strain of the flu virus.
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The UArizona found itself at the center of many of the world's most captivating news stories in 2019. From its leadership role in capturing mankind's first image of a black hole to discovering a protein that prevents mosquitoes from hatching, opening the possibility of developing new drugs that could act as birth control for mosquito populations, UArizona led research generated international headlines this year.