Health and Life Sciences

Professor Lindsay Soh works in her lab with Christopher Verni ’15.

July 8, 2014

Prof. Lindsay Soh Receives NSF Grant for Biodiesel Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Lindsay Soh a three-year, $100,710 grant as part of a collaboration with Yale University and University of Pittsburgh. It will support her research on processing oils, such as those extracted from corn or algae, into biodiesel using compressed carbon dioxide as a solvent. Soh will use the NSF [...]

Dr. Kenneth Chavin ’83 P’16 describes the transplant procedure and liver characteristics with Emily Oliver ’17 in the Medical University of South Carolina operating room.

May 13, 2014

Learning From Hands That Heal

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Student externs go inside the operating room with Dr. Kenneth Chavin ’83. By Kevin Gray “As a parent, the transplants that involve children really hit my heart.” Dr. Kenneth Chavin ’83 P’16 was reflecting as he prepared to fly from his base at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston to another hospital in [...]

Students visit the Tower Bridge.

December 5, 2013

Students Explore Healthcare by Living and Working in London

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The United States and the United Kingdom have very different cultural attitudes and approaches to funding healthcare. For students who are interested in a career in medicine or a related field, understanding those differences can be a valuable part of their college education. Over the summer, several Lafayette students were able to study the strengths [...]

Alyssa Calomeni ’11 and Professor Megan Rothenberger

December 5, 2013

Biology Infusion Initiative Provides Interdisciplinary Solutions

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Students in Megan Rothenberger’s Environmental Issues in Aquatic Ecosystems class are tackling problems using expertise and resources from biology and civil engineering. As part of the course, students visited a local constructed wetland. There, David Brandes and Art Kney, both associate professors of civil and environmental engineering, explained how aggressive invasive plants and seasonal algal [...]

Kyle Tucker '14 works in a lab in Kunkel Science Center.

September 20, 2013

Cancer Research is Personal for Kyle Tucker ’14

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For Kyle Tucker ’14 (Los Angeles, Calif.), cancer research allows him to explore multiple fields of science, but it also touches him on a personal level. “I was sixteen years old going into college when I heard that my mother’s breast cancer had returned from remission. It was a numbing experience for me, but I [...]

Laurie Caslake, associate professor of biology, Lindsay Marko ’14, and Nancy Waters, associate professor of biology, exam a culture they collected from the Delaware River and Oughoughton Creek.

September 20, 2013

All the World is a Lab (and a Stage) for Ecologist Nancy Waters

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Nancy Waters shares three things with all of her students. One, energy flows and nutrients cycle. (“Energy is always one direction, but it moves by virtue of nutrients which can be recycled either short term or long term.”) Two, everything comes down to food and sex. (“If you can’t propagate your genome, everything is toast.”) [...]

Professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

August 29, 2013

First Class of Students Earns Health and Life Sciences Minor

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“It may sound cliché, but I believe the health and life sciences minor chose me and not the other way around,” says Alec Eidelman ’13 (B.S. biochemistry).  “My passion for research, collaboration, communication, and education guided me on my path at Lafayette and I believe that an interdisciplinary approach is the future of problem solving.” [...]

Professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

July 12, 2013

Tiffany Phuong ’16 and Kofi Boateng ’16 Combine Biology and Computer Science in Cancer Research

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Research by Tiffany Phuong ’16 (Aldan, Pa.) and Kofi Boateng ’16 (Bronx, N.Y.) this summer is contributing to their goals of becoming doctors and could also help in the fight against cancer. They are working on an interdisciplinary project looking at how the protein MYD88 affects tumor growth with Robert Kurt, associate professor and head of [...]

Taylor Brown ’15, Barbara Olivier ’16, and Steven Shankman ’77 at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

February 26, 2013

Taylor Brown ’15 and Barbara Olivier ’16 Dive into the World of Medicine with Steven Shankman ’77

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Over winter break, Taylor Brown ’15 (Warren, N.J.) and Barbara Olivier ’16 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) got a taste of what day-to-day life is like in the medical field during an externship with Steven Shankman ’77, vice chairman and program director of radiology at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. While shadowing Shankman, Brown and Olivier observed [...]

Ali Berlin Weinstein '99

June 10, 2012

Ali Berlin Weinstein ’99 Investigates Impact of Mental Stress on Cardiac Patients

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By Kevin Gray Long intrigued by the notion that the mind and body interact in reciprocal ways, Ali Berlin Weinstein ’99 is conducting novel research into the effects of mental stress reactivity on cardiac patients. Weinstein, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and her [...]