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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.
Alexander R. Ivanov

Barnett Institute researcher awarded $1.5M grant

Alexander R. Ivanov, an associate research professor in the College of Science and the Barnett Institute, with assistance of collaborators Dr. Shashi Murthy, of Northeastern’s Chemical Engineering Department, and David Frank, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was recently awarded a $1.5 million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
Assistant Professor of Psychology J. Benjamin

How memories shape our perception of the present

New faculty member J. Benjamin Hutchinson explores how our experiences from the past influence what we pay attention to in the present. His findings could contribute to our understanding of ADHD and other learning conditions as well as lead to strategies to help people stay focused when attending to a task.