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MS Profile: Ritika Kukreja

Ritika Kukreja, a final year MS Biotechnology student at the College of Science, Northeastern University, Boston shares her Pre-Co-Op experience.

Barnett Institute researcher awarded $1.5M grant

Northeastern University’s Barnett Institute is a chemical analysis and research center that is home to cutting-edge interdisciplinary work that spans across Boston, from local hospitals and medical centers to various biotech/biopharma and instrument development companies. Since its founding in 1973, scientists within Barnett have produced more than 1,000 published papers and won millions of dollars in grant money, and now they have one more accolade to add to that extensive…

For Northeastern researchers, small microbes bring big success

Though his career has focused on life at the microscopic scale, Professor Yunrong Chai knows that his field of microbiology has enormous implications for society. “They consider this a research direction almost comparable to cancer and AIDS research” Chai said in reference to a recent White House initiative to boost research about the human microbiome. This month, the importance of Chai’s own research on bacterial biofilms was acknowledged when he…

Students teach science to others through service learning projects

Several students in the College of Science recently took part in the Service Learning Expo where they talked about the projects they took on over the semester. They ranged from teaching elementary school students the basics of biology, to helping Latino women prepare for an exam. Each one was well thought-out and required teamwork amongst all those involved.

Physics professor Mark Williams talks about his research

Mark Williams, Professor of Physics, sits down with the College of Science Graduate Program staff to talk about his research at Northeastern University. Tell us about your current research. In my lab we study individual biological molecules such as DNA and proteins to try to understand how they work and what drives their interactions with each other. For example, we have instruments called optical tweezers that allow us to capture…

Student-​​produced magazine strives to make science more accessible

The theme of the most recent issue of NU Sci, Northeastern’s student-​​run sci­ence mag­a­zine, is “Rivalry,” a nod to its pub­li­ca­tion after an espe­cially con­tentious pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. To pull it off, how­ever, more than 50 stu­dents needed to work together to write, edit, design, and market the magazine. Throughout the year, stu­dents report on com­pli­cated sci­en­tific issues both hap­pening at North­eastern and in the world at large, and then write…

Northeastern chemistry faculty awarded $390K NSF grant for cephalopod research

Bio-inspired materials chemistry is a fascinating field that focuses on understanding natural biological systems and mimicking their properties in synthetic materials. In November the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Dr. Leila Deravi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemistry Biology, a $389,999 grant over the next three years to investigate the “mechanisms behind adaptive coloration in cephalopods.”

Ovary regeneration in salamander could provide solutions to human infertility

Axolotl salamanders are extremely resilient, but very little research has been done on their incredible ability to regenerate internal organs and eggs—also called oocytes. In a study published in the journal Stem Cells, Northeastern University biology professor James Monaghan and his team have discovered that these salamanders not only have the capability of re-growing limbs, they can also regenerate their ovaries and produce eggs throughout their lifespan. “When we remove…

MES professor presented CAREER award

Associate Professor Randall Hughes recently received a highly competitive early career award from the National Science Foundation to further her research on the causes and consequences of genetic diversity in marine ecosystems.