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Biology

Nanotechnology-based sensor developed to measure microRNAs in blood, speed cancer detection

INDIANAPOLIS -- In a study published in the November issue of ACS Nano, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society focusing on nanoscience and nanotechnology research, the IUPUI researchers describe their design of the novel, low-cost, nanotechnology-enabled reusable sensor. They also report on the promising results of tests of the sensor's ability to identify pancreatic cancer or indicate the existence of a benign condition by quantifying changes in levels of microRNA signatures linked to pancreatic cancer.

Researchers launch human clinical trial to halt progression of polycystic kidney disease

INDIANAPOLIS -- Under a three-year, $600,000 Food and Drug Administration grant, Bonnie Blazer-Yost (pictured) and Dr. Sharon Moe will serve as co-principal investigators into whether pioglitazone -- also known by its trade name Actos -- is an effective long-term therapy to stop autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, in its tracks.

Doctorate student receives national forensic science scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gina Dembinski was named the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation’s 2015 recipient of the Scientific Scholarship in recognition of her fine talents. Dembinski received her master’s degree in forensic science from the School of Science in 2013. She is now pursuing a doctorate degree in biology.

Atkinson to lead IUPUI Research Office

INDIANAPOLIS -- Atkinson will serve as interim vice chancellor for up to two years, during which time IUPUI will launch a national search for this critical position. He succeeds Kody Varahramyan, who will step down Aug. 16 to serve as senior aide to the chancellor.

IUPUI internship program inspires future STEM educators

INDIANAPOLIS -- Did the big bad wolf actually blow down the three little pigs’ houses? Is Cinderella really the owner of the glass slipper? 

Hannah Caito, a senior forensics and biology student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, uses forensic science to make mysteries like these come to life for visitors of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Researchers examine how to minimize drought impact on important food crops

INDIANAPOLIS --  In an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis research paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers provide information that could help agricultural planning and management to minimize drought-induced yield losses.

Legumes, which include peas, beans, peanuts and alfalfa, are grown in almost every climatic region and are second only to cereals in terms of contribution to food security.

Conference seeks to inspire high school girls' interest in in STEM careers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 135 girls will attend the three-day Girls in STEM MAEOPP Pre-College Student Leadership Conference beginning May 29. The students are from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Eight School of Science Graduate Students Named to IUPUI's Elite 50

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight School of Science graduate students were honored as an Elite 50, and one placed in the Premier 10, during the ceremony on April 15.

School of Science presents awards at the 41st Annual Honors Convocation

INDIANAPOLIS-- The event honored scholarship winners and outstanding students across all science departments.

Associate Dean of the School of Science and associate professor of biology, Kathy Marrs, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Robert L. Smith, M.B.A., President of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Eli Lilly and Company provided the keynote address at the ceremony.

The following school awards were issued:

 School of Science Awards

Faculty and staff awards:

Associate professor of biology wins campus mentoring award

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bynum Mentor Award is given each year to outstanding academic mentors who have demonstrated longstanding and extraordinary commitment to the learning process. Roper, an associate professor of biology in the School of Science was recognized for his impact on the lives of students, commitment to student development and the ability to project and instill enthusiasm and pride.

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