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Understanding Networks: The power to predict pandemics, information spread, and quantum gravity

Dr. Krioukov’s lab recently published two papers in the field of network science. These papers show that (1) the geometry of networks can be elucidated by understanding the network’s latent properties and (2) For networks living in latent space, finding their geometry is possible using a previously known standard called Ollivier Curvature.
March 10, 2021

The Ribosome: Is it the Key to the Next Generation of Antibiotic Therapies?

This article highlights the research done by the Whitford lab that was recently published in the journal Nature. Using high-performance computer modeling, the research group identified a target location on the ribosome that elucidates a potential for antibiotic therapies.
January 20, 2021
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Diseases spread differently, region by region. This Mathematical model shows how.

Considering how many factors contribute to the worldwide spread of airborne infectious diseases, forecasting pandemics can be a daunting task. In an attempt to reflect that complex reality, Northeastern’s Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Sociotechnical Systems (MOBS Lab) has developed a new, data-driven model that factors in patterns of interpersonal behavior down to the state or province […]
January 14, 2021

What can we expect from the new mutation of the coronavirus?

The new, contagious strain of COVID-19 proves that the U.S. needs to step up surveillance of the constantly-changing virus, says Samuel Scarpino,  an assistant professor at Northeastern and director of the Emergent Epidemics Lab. The SARS-CoV-2 virus acquires a new mutation in its genetic structure about every two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control […]
January 05, 2021

Make a heart-healthy resolution this year

If you’re making resolutions for 2021, why not make one that’s good for your heart? A new study by researchers from Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that certain foods—including wine, yogurt, carrots, peanuts, breakfast cereal, grapes, and raisins—are associated with a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease. The researchers also found […]
January 03, 2021

Luigi Morelli Fund supports 2020 honoree, Sree Kankanala

Physics student Sree Kankanala came to the United States in September 2019 from her home in India. She spent the next four months longing to go home.  Even for a bright, curious and friendly graduate student, it’s hard to be so far away from friends and family, and in a new country for the very […]
December 17, 2020
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New Global Partnerships Expand Northeastern Ph.D Programs to Italy and Hong Kong

Northeastern’s doctoral students can forge global networks and pursue experiential learning in an international environment thanks to new agreements with a pair of widely recognized universities in Asia and Europe. The global experiential doctoral program between Northeastern, the University of Hong Kong, and Sapienza University of Rome is interdisciplinary flexibility, which allows students to pursue doctoral degrees in […]
December 17, 2020

Is Math Really the Language of Nature? This Physicist is on a Quest to Find Out.

Growing up in a small Mexican town, Martin Rodriguez-Vega, a postdoctoral research associate in physics, felt disconnected from anything scientific. Now, as he studies the exotic properties of quantum materials, Rodriguez Vega finds that one of the most important parts of being a physicist is the bonds he’s formed with budding and accomplished scientists alike.
October 28, 2020