Researchers Working on Tool to Determine Drug Risks During Pregnancy

Biomedical and chemical engineering Professor Zhen Ma and his Syracuse University research team have developed an in vitro 3D tissue model of a human heart based on human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC). A model existing outside the body makes it possible to test drugs often prescribed during pregnancy and learn how they influence hiPSC growth, cardiac differentiation, and early heart formation in a fetus. Ma, in collaboration with a Syracuse University Falk College of Public Health professor and a professor from SUNY Upstate received funding for five years through an NIH Research Grant Award (RO1) to use the cardiac organoid model to improve traditional pharmaceutical screening. Read more here.

NSF Grant Funds Hands-On Chemistry Learning

The new millennium marked a significant milestone in the Department of Chemistry. In 2000, Distinguished Chemistry Professor Karin Ruhlandt, now Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was first awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to invite undergraduate students to Syracuse University to participate in summer research. Now, for the seventh time in the last 20 years, the department has received the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant. Thanks to the renewal of this three-year, $365,000 grant, the program will continue through at least 2023. Read more here.

Working with Industry Leaders on Drone Use Research

Distinguished Professor Pramod Varshney’s Sensor Fusion Lab in the College of Engineering and Computer Science along with the Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University, is collaborating with the multinational Thales company to develop new tools and techniques for monitoring air space and tracking of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones”. Read more here.

LIMITED SUBMISSION: 2020 NEH Summer Stipends

The Syracuse University Office of Research is pleased to announce the Limited Submission Opportunity for the 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends Competition. The NEH will accept only two submissions from tenure-track faculty at Syracuse University. The deadline for internal submissions is Monday, August 17th: proposals must be submitted via the Syracuse University Application Portal here.  

Professor Karson Finds Important Connection Between Geological and Biological Processes

Jeffrey Karson, the Jessie Page Heroy Professor of Earth Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, along with colleagues from Duke University and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies conducted a preliminary investigation to estimate how much hydrogen is generated by various processes at Mid-Ocean Ridges and how much is consumed by microbes. Their research article, Abiotic hydrogen sources and sinks near the Mid-Ocean Ridge (MOR) with implications for the subseafloor biosphere, has been published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” (PNAS). Read more here.

The Physics Behind Tissue Flow in the Embryo

A group of physicists from Syracuse University recently teamed up with researchers from Columbia University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering to study the developing tissue flow in an embryo that has many similar genes and cell behaviors to that of a human—the fruit fly (Drosophila). The team’s research paper, Anisotropy links cell shapes to tissue flow during convergent extension, was recently published in the prestigious journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” (PNAS). Read more here.

Professor Pramod Varshney and Students Are Working with Industry Leaders on Drone Use Research

Distinguished Professor Pramod Varshney’s Sensor Fusion Lab in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, along with the Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University, is collaborating with the multinational Thales company to develop new tools and techniques for monitoring air space and tracking of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones.” Read more here.

Return to Research Guidance Provided to Campus

As conveyed in the return to campus guidance released on May 21, 2020, identified research faculty and staff needing to continue their research in on-campus laboratories may return to campus in Phase One (tentatively planned for no earlier than June 1).

Environmental Health and Safety Services has coordinated with the Office of Research to provide Return to Research Guidance for campus use. Please utilize this document in planning for re-occupancy of laboratories.

For more information, see our Syracuse University Return to Campus Research web page.