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Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling

For the final, critical step— purification of the phage cocktail—Strathdee turned to San Diego State University and the research team in the Viral Information Institute (VII). Their translational research applies knowledge from basic biology and clinical trials to techniques and tools that address critical medical needs. After receiving phage therapy, Patterson recovered.

The Heart of Research

The Heart of Research

“Dr. Glembotski is exactly the kind of professor that sets SDSU apart,” said Stephen Welter, vice president of Graduate and Research Affairs. “His critical research advancing the field of heart disease, combined with his commitment to mentoring the next generation of scientists, is a true credit to this institution.”

New SDSU Study Examines Role of Sea Urchins on California Kelp

New SDSU Study Examines Role of Sea Urchins on California Kelp

“Healthy kelp forests are important both economically and ecologically along our coast. They act as nurseries and vital habitat for valuable fishery species, recreation sites for kayakers, free divers, and scuba divers, and serve as the base of rocky reef food webs,” said Robert Dunn…

Promising Compound Draws Grant for SDSU Heart Institute

Promising Compound Draws Grant for SDSU Heart Institute

“In 2019 we hope to expand and extend the results that we’ve gotten so far and do studies in larger animals, (where) the hearts are more like a human heart than the mouse heart,” said Glembotski, whose grant application achieved a rare perfect score from its NIH review panel. “Once we’ve completed those studies…

For Night Vision, Snakes See a Clear Choice

For Night Vision, Snakes See a Clear Choice

San Diego State University doctoral student Hannes Schraft wanted to learn whether rattlesnakes find their way around at night with their eyes alone, or get an assist from the same thermal-sensing abilities they use to hunt prey.

Autism Center Answers Growing Need for Community Services

Autism Center Answers Growing Need for Community Services

“We want to be a focal point for researchers, students and trainees, faculty, families and community, the additional space, she said, makes for a more comprehensive approach to training of future clinicians, scientists and therapists in autism and related …

New Research Findings on Eating Disorders Among Young Children

New Research Findings on Eating Disorders Among Young Children

“Past findings support higher rates of eating disorders among post-pubertal females as compared to males. But our findings suggest that, given the lack of gender differences among 9 to 10-year-old children with eating disorders, there may be added social pressures, or hormonal differences that occur during or post puberty among girls that increase the risk of developing eating disorders,” said Rozzell, lead author and a graduate student researcher in SDSU’s Body Image, Sexuality, and Health Lab.

Residual Tobacco Smoke Easily Pollutes New, Clean Materials

Residual Tobacco Smoke Easily Pollutes New, Clean Materials

“We knew that active smoking causes smoke residue to adsorb into tables, walls, doors and other materials. We were surprised, however, by how easily thirdhand finds its way into and pollutes new and clean materials brought into a home,” Matt said. “We were also surprised by the sheer mass of nicotine that becomes embedded in a small travel-size pillowcases, fabrics and filling.”

In Memoriam: Richard “Doc” Morris

In Memoriam: Richard “Doc” Morris

Former colleagues and students look back on the 60-year teaching career of Richard “Doc” Morris. By Jeff Ristine “If I have a legacy,” Richard “Doc” Morris said near the end of a phenomenal 60-year career teaching physics at San Diego State University,...

Understanding the Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Understanding the Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Psychologist Inna Fishman’s research indicates the presence of biological markers in the brain in children with autism. By Jeff Ristine Think of the brain as a complex transportation hub, a place where neural traffic heads off in any number of directions...

Researchers Peer Into the Molecular Structure of Spider Silk

Researchers Peer Into the Molecular Structure of Spider Silk

The joint study with Northwestern University unravels the very beginning of the fiber-spinning process and could aid in development of an artificial version. By Jeff Ristine The most amazing power of the Black Widow spider isn’t its fearsome venom. It’s the incredible...

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