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A Tucson startup with technology to help fish farmers boost production were one of two grand prize winners of a business pitch competition at the 2019 edition of IdeaFunding. The founders of GenetiRate, including BIO5’s Dr. Benjamin Renquist shared in the $25,000 grand prize sponsored by UAVenture Capital
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Researchers, including UA COM-T Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine professor and BIO5 faculty member Dr. Donata Vercelli, are beginning to explore the various ways that microbes in the soil might protect us and benefit our health. This marks a turning point in soil research, as scientists used to hold the belief that soil is nothing more than a matrix to hold plants and minerals.
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Dr. Laura Meredith, rain forest science director for Biosphere 2 and BIO5 member, is one of the leaders of a four-month-long drought study. the aim of the research is to learn about how a hotter, drier future will alter tropical rain forest ecosystems. This European Research Council grant funded study will use Biosphere 2’s unique ability to control model ecosystems to collect data about multiple rain forest climates.
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The demand for potable and irrigation water has never been greater, and as such methods are being developed so new plant cultivars, farming technology, and irrigation can draw more out of arable land. UA Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering professor and BIO5 faculty member Dr. Joel Cuello, has developed the Vertical-Hive (V-Hive) Green Box, an indoor vertical modular growth system. The V-Hive reduces water consumption by 80 to 90 percent compared to traditional field farming.
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The BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship recognizes outstanding postdoctoral researchers at the University of Arizona who are engaging in multi-disciplinary research projects aligned with the foci of the BIO5 Institute. These grants are specifically designed to support and enhance the independent research goals of BIO5 postdoctoral researchers, showcase their research at a BIO5 Research Symposium via short talks and/or poster sessions, and to facilitate a “forward thinking” mindset by requiring each fellow to form a three-member mentoring committee.
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As his term as interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost comes to a close, BIO5 faculty member and newly appointed Dean Emeritus Dr. Jeff Goldberg, reflects on his 34 years at UA. Dr. Goldberg’s journey at the University will continue as a half-time adviser to the president, working on the campus master plan, and supporting development and mentoring strategies.
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A study has been initiated by Hendrix Genetics and GenetiRate, a US based start-up founded by UA Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences associate professor and BIO5researcher Dr. Benjamin Renquist, to apply a new technology that has the potential to measure the feed conversion rate of rainbow trout. The ability to select trout with significantly improved feed conversion would mean farmers would gain the benefit of increased growth rate while maintaining feed intake.
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Clean Earth Tech, a startup of UA Biomedical Engineering assistant professor and BIO5 member Dr. Minkyu Kim, is commercializing a newly invented biocompatible dust control polymer. The aim is to provide companies with a way to suppress dust without negatively impacting the environment.
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Horticultural technology has made some significant leaps over the last few years, and that trend has been accelerating in recent months. But other crops and production systems are driving innovation as well. Dr. Gene Giacomelli, UA Agricultural Biosystems Engineering professor and BIO5 faculty, says that automation is a must and that growers must match proper technology to respective needs.
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Researchers at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix are partnering with Space Tango, a private aerospace company that designs, builds and operates facilities on the International Space Station, to develop an easy way to test astronauts' health in space. Led by BIO5's Dr. Frederic Zenhausern, Director of the UA Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine, the project has received three independent NASA grants.
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UA engineering students, under the direction of Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and BIO5 member Dr. Urs Utzinger, are working on building a device that would help combat child abuse. The device will be used to determine how long a bruise has been on a child's body - allowing for further determination of exactly when the child got the bruise.
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The Biosphere 2 ocean is now a good model to develop methods for helping corals on a global scale. The volume of the ocean under glass makes it perfect for scaling up experiments, according to BIO5 member and UA College of Science Dean, Dr. Joaquin Ruiz.
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A new implantable "teabag" could help children with Type 1 Diabetes. BIO5 member Dr. Klearchos Papas, Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Medical Imaging at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and his team have engineered an innovative new biomedical device that could deliver all the benefits of a transplant to resolve diabetes without drawbacks of anti-rejection drugs.
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A team of researchers, including Dr. Philipp Gutruf, BIO5 member and Assistant Professor in the UA Biomedical Engineering Department, have developed an implantable device that can measure oxygen levels in a living animal, which has potential to pave a new avenue for research into physiological and pathological processes.
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Arizona’s Orthopedic Research Lab is hoping to use the technology to help military veterans with bone injuries. Dr. John Szivek, who runs the University of Arizona Orthopaedic Research Lab, said the lab received a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense to create 3D bone printing to help military personnel.
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BIO5's Dr. Mohammed Hassan, UA Assistant Professor of Physics and Optical Sciences, wants the UA to be the first place where humans take a photo of an electron in motion. Thanks to $1.75M in grants, Hassan says he will make that happen in the coming years.
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Research from the UA College of Engineering shows a way for light to control neurons in the brain, which may lead to doctors being able to turn off pain receptors or reduce the effects of neurological disorders. UA Biomedical Engineering Professor and BIO5 member, Dr. Philipp Gutruf, recently published a paper in the science journal Nature Electronics about his work with an implantable, battery-free, light-emitting diode.
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The gift, from a UA alumnus and his wife, will help provide engineering students with hands-on experience in biomedical device fabrication."The Salters understand the importance of our students gaining hands-on, real-world design and build experience," said Dr. Jennifer Barton, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the BIO5 Institute.
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Using an affordable, portable device that attaches to a smartphone, BIO5 member Dr. Dongkyun “DK” Kang, Assistant Professor in the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Optical Sciences, and his collaborators hope to save lives of those suffering from cervical cancer in rural Africa.
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The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center has been awarded a five-year $6.9 million grant to continue to study the effects of arsenic, air particulates, sunlight and other environmental factors affecting the health of individuals residing in arid climates worldwide. BIO5 members Dr. Jeffrey Burgess, associate dean of research and professor at the UA College of Public Health, and Dr. Dean Billheimer, co-director of the integrated health sciences facility core and leader of the data science resource at the center, discuss the opportunities the new grant will provide.
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UA researchers including BIO5 members Dr. Frederic Zenhausern, Director of the UA Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine, and Dr. Louise Hecker, UA Associate Professor of Medicine, have received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to study lung infections such as Valley fever and inflammatory conditions such as sarcoidosis in a plant model.
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Dr. Esther Sternberg, BIO5 member, UA Professor of Medicine, and Director of UA's Institute on Place and Well Being, is researching devices that can track stress and immune molecules in sweat. The goal is to eventually create wearable devices that can track our responses to environmental events in real time.
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UA has licensed two inventions developed in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to startup MCR Therapeutics. The inventors, Dr. Minying Cai and Dr. Victor J. Hruby, both BIO5 members, developed a melanin-producing compound for a systemic approach to preventing skin damage.
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Fitness trackers today can crunch a lot of useful health data. “We now have a multi-dimensional sensor which can capture a lot of information about how an individual moves through the world,” said Dr. Marvin Slepian, a BIO5 member and cardiologist.
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Here are the six simple things that every office worker should do to stay healthy and feel better at work, according to Dr. Esther Sternberg, BIO5 member, Research Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and Director of the UA Institute on Place, Well-Being, and Performance.
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Avery Therapeutics, a startup company co-founded by BIO5 member and cardiologist at UA Sarver Heart Center, Dr. Steven Goldman, is most known for developing a tissue-engineered heart graft. Avery Therapeutics was recently honored during the "Buzz of Bio" awards as a winner in two separate categories.
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Local communities can benefit from controlled environment agriculture (CEA) too, says BIO5 member and UA professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Dr. Gene Giacomelli. Greenhouses aren't just for astronauts and polar explorers hoping to grow fresh foods in space and Antarctica, though CEA is used for that as well.
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BIO5 members Dr. Esther Sternberg, and Dr. Perry Skeath, are leading a research team focused on developing the next generation of wearable devices. This technology can keep tabs on a person's health status by measuring biomarkers that indicate how well the body is functioning.
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Sustainable agriculture has become ever more important as global leaders try to answer the question of how to feed a world population approaching 10 billion. "That would be the equivalent of adding another China and another India to our planet in terms of population," says Joel Cuello, BIO5 member and UA researcher looking for answers, in the form of vertical farming.
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BIO5 Institute's Dr. Jerzy Rozenblit, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, which aims to advance "the use of modeling and simulation to solve the real-world problems."
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Research being done by a team of BIO5 researchers could very possibly lead to the future of asthma prevention. By studying dust found in homes and barns on Amish farms, these scientists believe they can revolutionize the next generation of drugs to treat asthma.
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The UA’s BIO5 Institute has recently been ranked No. 4 on a list of the "50 Best Graduate Research Institutes 2016" on the Grad School Hub website. Ranking is based on awards and recognition for the research conducted, having a facility that reaches a certain level of LEED certification, the amount of university research and development expenditures, "wow factor", etc.
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The University of Arizona’s department of chemistry and biochemistry has long been a research powerhouse and is now a leading producer of intellectual property. Dr. Roger Miesfeld, head of the department and member of the BIO5 Institute, attributes their commercial successes to the entrepreneurial drive of his faculty.
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Medical devices both inside and outside human bodies are becoming more sophisticated and able to wirelessly communicate with other devices. UA researcher Dr. David Armstrong hopes to help develop cyber-security standards for these devices, to create a level of assurance, while at the same time allowing for innovation.