Combining Cell Biology and Bioengineering, Soman Works to Create “Mini Kidney” for Accurate Testing

Upstate Researcher Mira Krendel, PhD, working with Syracuse University Professor Pranav Soman, PhD, will be using almost $500,000 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) over the next two years to create a 3-D printed miniature model of the kidney system. This project could lead to better treatments for kidney-related conditions, improving the lives of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). According to the CDC, about 37 million US adults are estimated to have CKD, and most cases go undiagnosed. This work could also help decrease the need for animal testing, while potentially providing more accurate results when testing potential drugs and treatments. Continue Reading

Schwarz Honored by the American Physical Society

Jennifer Schwarz, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). She joins 24 previous Syracuse University faculty members to receive the distinction over the 100 years that the award has existed. The fellowship recognizes members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication or who have made significant contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Continue Reading

Acharya Wins NIH Award to Study the Biochemistry of Bacterial Membrane Proteins and Light-Sensitive Proteins

Atanu Acharya portrait.

Atanu Acharya, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded aMaximizing Investigators’ Research Award(MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health for his projects: Investigation of Long-Range Charge Transfer and Excited State Processes in Biochemical Systems. Acharya joined Syracuse University in 2022 to focus on biochemical molecular environments. The MIRA grant will fund his research over the next five years.

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The BioInspired Institute’s Growth Helps Fuel Student and Faculty Research (Podcast)

Syracuse University takes great pride in its R1 designation as a world-class leader in research according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

One of the visible examples of how the University is leading the way in research excellence is the BioInspired Institute, an interdisciplinary institute whose members examine complex biological systems, developing and designing programmable smart materials to address global challenges in health, medicine and materials innovation.
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Setting the Agenda in Biology Research: 2 Professors Join NIH Peer Review Committees

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is known as the “gateway” for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications. Expert peer review groups—also called study sections—formed by the CSR assess more than 75% of the thousands of research grant applications sent to the NIH each year. The work done by these sections ensures each application gets a fair, impartial and thorough evaluation for scientific merit and promise, and that funding is awarded without any inappropriate influence. Continue Reading

Satisfy Your Research Curiosity at BioInspired Institute Symposium Oct. 19 and 20

Are you interested in knowing how living cells function? Do you wonder how scientists grow human tissues in the lab? Have you pondered how robots are programmed to work? If science piques your interest, delve into the topic at the BioInspired Institute research symposium Oct. 19 and 20 at the Life Sciences Complex.

During two days of talks, poster sessions and presentations, the symposium will showcase the work of undergraduate and graduate students, doctoral associates and faculty affiliated with the University-based research institute. The event is free and open to the public. Registration and a detailed event schedule are available online.

We sat down with James H. (Jay) Henderson, BioInspired Institute director and professor of biomedical and chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, to learn more about the projects and activities that will be featured at the symposium.

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