Health and Life Sciences

Biology

May 24, 2012

$800,000 Grant Will Help Prepare Students to be Leaders in Science Research and Medicine

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With major support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Lafayette will make its already strong biology program even more effective in preparing students to be leaders in science research and medicine. A $800,000 grant will enable Lafayette to expand the number of real-world research experiences for students and increase the diversity of students who study [...]

Professor Robert Kurt

March 19, 2012

Biology Professor Bob Kurt Works to Unlock the Mysteries of the Immune System

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Some say ignorance is bliss. But for Bob Kurt, associate professor of biology, what is not known is a doorway to discovery, especially when unlocking the mysteries of the immune system and its effects on cancerous tumors. Since 2000, Kurt has secured more than $1 million in grants to chart new directions in understanding cancer, [...]

Ellen Hughes '13 with cardiologist William Calhoun

January 30, 2012

Ellen Hughes ’13 Coauthors Research Published in Medical Journal

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“Medicine and lab work have and will always be passions for me,” says Ellen Hughes ’13.  Recently, she got an inside look at both areas—while helping to author an article about the tools that doctors use to analyze patients’ hearts. Hughes (Mountain Top, Pa.), a double major in biology and French, was co-author of the [...]

James Dearworth, associate professor of biology, and Brian Selvarajah ’12 analyzed visual pathways in vertebrates using the turtle as a model. Dearworth is one of 60 faculty whose research deals with health and life sciences.

January 6, 2012

Beyond Biology: New Health and Life Sciences Initiative Will Prepare Students to Solve Real-World Problems

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Tackling complex national and global problems requires knowledge from many different disciplines.  No one science can provide a solution; expertise and input from physicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, and policy makers is needed. At Lafayette, the new minor program in the health and life sciences provides just the intellectual and interdisciplinary education students need to bring [...]

Robert Kurt, associate professor of biology, teaches a biology class in Kunkel Hall.

January 6, 2012

Students Learn Biology through Problem-Solving in New Interdisciplinary Course

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This spring, a new course combining biology and computer science will provide students with ways to build connections between disciplines and new techniques to approach difficult biological problems. The course, Modeling-Based Applications to Biology, can be taken as an alternative to General Biology 102. Developed as a result of a Mellon Course Development grant, it [...]

Professor Luis Schettino and Camille Borland ’13 demonstrate the wearable glove.

October 14, 2011

NSF Grant Will Enhance Interdisciplinary Student-Faculty Research in Engineering and the Natural Sciences

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The College has received a $142,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will help faculty and students bridge engineering and the natural sciences through interdisciplinary research and coursework. The funds, acquired through the work of Yih-Choung Yu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Lisa Gabel, assistant professor of psychology, and Luis Schettino, assistant [...]

Morgan-West-13

September 26, 2011

Student Bloggers Share Thoughts and Experiences Abroad and On Campus

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Morgan West ’13 (Huntington Beach, Calif.), a neuroscience major with a minor in health care and society, is traveling to Switzerland, India, China, and South Africa this semester for a comparative health care study.  In addition to her studies, highlights of her time in Basel, Switzerland, include “an amazing public transport system, fantastic wursts, and [...]

Monica Manglani ’13

September 8, 2011

It’s Only Brain Surgery: Monica Manglani ’13 Explores How the Brain Recognizes Sound During 10-Week Research Fellowship

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 This summer, performing neurosurgery was Monica Manglani’s favorite part of the day. A neuroscience major, Manglani ’13 (Woodbury, N.Y.) was one of 25 students from around the world selected for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Undergraduate Research Program.  As part of the fully subsidized, 10-week program, she helped conduct experiments that explore [...]

James Ferri, associate professor and head of chemical and biomolecular engineering

September 6, 2011

Students Learn from World-Class Scholars though Interdisciplinary Seminar Series

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Each semester, the Interdisciplinary Seminar Series in the Life Sciences brings six world-class scholars to campus to speak on a subject in their field. Guest lecturers last semester included Martin Chalfie, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; investigative reporter Brian Deer, who uncovered evidence showing that research linking childhood vaccines with autism was [...]

Sarah Sullivan '12

August 15, 2011

Ophthalmology Research Gives Sarah Sullivan ’12 Clearer Focus

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From the time she arrived at Lafayette, Sarah Sullivan ’12 (West Hempstead, N.Y.) knew she was interested in the life sciences, but she was not sure which field she wanted to study. “My friend took me into a lab in Oechsle Hall where she was conducting neuroscience research on epilepsy by studying cross-sections of mice [...]