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The designation of Regents Professor is an honored position reserved for faculty scholars of exceptional ability who have achieved national or international distinction. Dr. Ian Pepper joins 5 other UArizona researchers recognized in 2021. In addition to this honor, Dr. Pepper has been inducted as a fellow by the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Recent awards include the 2019 Extraordinary Faculty Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the 2020 Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award from the University of Arizona Graduate College.
 
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UArizona molecular and cellular biology professor and BIO5 member Dr. Daniela Zarnescu, leads her lab in studying uses fruit flies to study neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS. Dr. Zarnescu’s team have shown that locomotor defects are observed, like with ALS patients, where Dlp, short for Dally-like protein – is reduced at the site. The next step in this research is restoring the protein that corresponds to Dlp in humans, with hopes that it will increase motor function in patients.
 
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The annual event highlights endeavors that encompass the broad range of bioscience inquiry at the BIO5 Institute.
 
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By mashing up brains from various insect species, neuroscientists at the University of Arizona introduce a practical technique for quantifying the neurons that make up the brains of invertebrate animals. In addition to revealing interesting insights into the evolution of insect brains, the work provides a more meaningful metric than traditional studies measuring brain size or weight.
 
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In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Kate Rhodes about her research on gonorrhea, funded in part by the BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship.
 
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We’re highlighting BIO5 researchers’ strides against malignant cancers during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
 
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On March 15, Dr. Bonnie LaFleur discussed COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and forming social cores as part of the Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 series.
 
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With two years of financial support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Dr. Robert Jackson will work to advance knowledge in the basic sciences and boost his academic career aspirations.
 
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In this episode, hosts Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Dr. Felicia Goodrum about her research, passion for science communication, and mentorship.
 
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During National Endometriosis Awareness Month, we’re highlighting our researchers’ efforts to tackle this common women’s health problem.
 
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In this episode of Science Talks, Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with Precision Nutrition and Wellness Director Dr. Floyd "Ski" Chilton about the upcoming Precision Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 series.
 
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In this episode of Science Talks, Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with BIO5 COVID-19 seed grant awardee Dr. Jianqin Lu about his two treatment-based COVID-19 projects.
 
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In this episode of Science Talks, Brooke Moreno and Sean Cadin talk with BIO5 COVID-19 seed grant awardee Dr. Kristen Pogreba Brown about her CoVHORT study.
 
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Dr. Purnima Madhivanan’s global research experience has taught her that evidence-based interventions, aligning with community cultural patterns and values, are an important determinant of success when targeting diseases caused by HIV, HPV and SARS-CoV-2.
 
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The third annual BIO5 Postdoctoral Fellowship, this year awarded to eight outstanding postdoctoral researchers, grants financial support and facilitates guidance to enrich research and career growth.
 
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For much of the past century, the invasive pink bollworm wreaked havoc in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. A multifaceted strategy eradicated the pest from cotton-producing areas of the region according to a new study led by Regents professor, UArizona Entomology department head, and BIO5 member, Dr. Bruce Tabashnik. According to the study, the eradication program saved U.S. cotton growers $192 million from 2014 to 2019. Through environmentally friendly approaches, it also helped to reduce insecticides sprayed against all cotton pests by 82% and prevented the application of over a million pounds of insecticides per year in Arizona.
 
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Music, metals and microbes are connected by more than just a leading consonant – for Dr. Michael Johnson, these three subjects harmonize to inspire his creativity and discovery. 

 
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The world’s hottest rainforest is located not in the Amazon or anywhere else you might expect, but inside Biosphere 2, the experimental scientific research facility in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona. A recent study of tropical trees planted there in the early 1990s reported a surprising result: They have withstood temperatures higher than any likely to be experienced by tropical forests this century.