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This drug could stop the opioid epidemic

More than 70,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses in 2017. The majority of those deaths were linked to opioids. This number has been rising for the past two decades and shows no signs of slowing down. Ganesh Thakur, an associate professor in Northeastern’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is hunting for a way to stop this epidemic.
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New $4.4M National Science Foundation grant supports minorities in fast-track biotechnology program

Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will announce Tuesday that a program developed by Northeastern and Middlesex Community College to offer students a fast track to earning associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in biotechnology and preparing for careers in life sciences has received a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund scholarships that support low-income and underrepresented minorities.

How an idea from a lab may change cancer treatments

In recent years, researchers have begun to fight cancer by genetically engineering a patient’s own immune system to target the disease. Quad Technologies, a company that grew out of a Northeastern research lab, has been developing technology to facilitate this process. This summer, Quad Technologies was acquired by a global life sciences company that will help […]
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Everything the human body does is guided by chemistry we don’t fully understand. Yet.

A group of 26 researchers at Northeastern is working on new technology that would allow doctors to zoom in on these minute interactions. The new Systems Bioanalysis and Chemical Imaging Institute will focus on finding ways to image the chemistry of our bodies.

Student Spotlight: Hongdi Song

Hongdi Song, Biotechnology PhD candidate, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about what it’s like to work and study at Northeastern University.

This hydrogel could regenerate stronger, healthier nerves in injured soldiers

Northeastern researchers have created an adhesive hydrogel that is 15 times stronger than current options for repairing nerve damage. The hydrogel could replace sutures, offering a better way to regenerate nerves that control muscle feeling and movement.