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Researchers earn $1.4M Keck Foundation grant to study greenhouse production of fungal-derived medicines

Researchers earn $1.4M Keck Foundation grant to study greenhouse production of fungal-derived medicines

This first-of-its-kind study will establish a new concept for producing valuable fungal products and may ultimately lead to medicines that can be delivered in plant seeds, eliminating downstream processing.

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First FDA-approved Breathalyzer Test for COVID

First FDA-approved Breathalyzer Test for COVID

UNT receives first FDA approval on intellectual property for technology by chemistry professor Guido Verbeck.

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Biomedical Engineering Students Work to Help Child with Rare Disease

Biomedical Engineering Students Work to Help Child with Rare Disease

Four senior design students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are working to help a six-year boy be able to play, which he often is too weak to do. For their capstone project, they are designing an upper-body orthosis using equipment in UNT's Biomedical Makerspace at Discovery Park to help the patient who has NUBPL, an extremely rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease. The project...

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Exploring Protein and Cellular Engineering

Exploring Protein and Cellular Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering researcher Clement Chan recently received a $1.5 million National Institutes of HealthMaximizing Investigators’ Research Award to study protein and cellular engineering.

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More Readily and Accurately Designing New Proteins to Reprogram Living Cells

More Readily and Accurately Designing New Proteins to Reprogram Living Cells

Researchers at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas have, for the first time, modified the compatibility of proteins in cells by building connections at the molecular level that did not exist before.

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Providing Better Blood Clotting Treatment

Providing Better Blood Clotting Treatment

A UNT professor believes he has found a better drug for treating potentially deadly blood clotting disorders. Department of Biological Sciences Professor Pudur Jagadeeswaran has been conducting research with zebrafish to isolate proteins that could be manipulated to treat blood clotting disorders in humans more efficiently with few side effects.

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Advancing 3D Printing of Tissues and Organs

Advancing 3D Printing of Tissues and Organs

Brian Meckes, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UNT, recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an advanced method of printing complex three-dimensional biological tissues, with potentially far-reaching impacts in medical research.

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Tackling Worldwide Heart Issue

Tackling Worldwide Heart Issue

Hamid Sadat recently received $355,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine calcific aortic valve (CAV) disease – the most common valve disease in elderly people and found in nearly 2.6 million people worldwide.

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Advancing Medical Security and Enhancing Student Research Opportunities

Advancing Medical Security and Enhancing Student Research Opportunities

UNT physics professor Bibhudutta Rout from, alongside Saraju Mohanty from computer science and engineering and Elias Kougianos from electrical engineering are collaborating with a team from the Grambling State University on a half-million dollar NSF grant to advance medical security and broaden participation of historically underrepresented students in STEM education and research. 

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Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

A new $2 million grant aimed at increasing participation and diversity in Ph.D. science and engineering programs focusing on research relevant to human health will be put into action at UNT this fall. G-RISE, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will develop a diverse pool of Ph.D. students for careers in the biomedical research fields at UNT.

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Professor Receives Powe Award for Targeting Therapeutics

Professor Receives Powe Award for Targeting Therapeutics

Brian Meckes has received a prestigious 2021 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for his research about subcellular targeting for nanotherapeutic delivery in order to better treat diseases.

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Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Ed Dzialowski, a developmental comparative physiologist who studies the similarities and differences of anatomy and physiology between species, is conducting cardiopulmonary research that could assist the treatment or prevention of a common birth defect in premature infants.

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Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Clement Chan’s research group is working on a new, more affordable method to test and diagnose if a person has a disease or has accidentally consumed harmful toxins that can be present in contaminated food and water.

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Researching Blood-clotting Disorders

Researching Blood-clotting Disorders

Pudur Jagadeeswaran, biological sciences professor, has developed a new technology to simultaneously knockdown multiple genes in zebrafish, which have a similar genetic structure to humans, to more rapidly examine each of the organism’s approximately 25,000 human genes and identify those associated with human blood-clotting disorders.

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Artificial Intelligence for Real Change

Artificial Intelligence for Real Change

Graduate students gain real-world experience in using artificial intelligence to improve health care outcomes in UNT’s Biomedical Artificial Intelligence Lab.

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Curing Her Own Disease

Curing Her Own Disease

Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-MarieTooth disease, commonly known as CMT, Allison Taylor (’20), who earned her biology degree this spring, has dedicated her life to researching a cure.

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A Note from the NSF-BIO Assistant Director Regarding Migration to Research.gov

A Note from the NSF-BIO Assistant Director Regarding Migration to Research.gov

An important update from the NSF-BIO Assistant Director regarding the migration of submissions for "No Deadline" NSF-BIO programs from FastLane to Research.gov.

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Tackling Complex Diseases

Tackling Complex Diseases

Giorgio Di Salvo (’20), a biomedical engineering student, was selected as the first fellow in the Westheimer Science Research Fellow program, specifically designed to support undergraduate research in UNT Mathematics’ new Statistics Lab.

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Creating 3D-printed Ventilator Splitters for COVID-19 Patients

Creating 3D-printed Ventilator Splitters for COVID-19 Patients

In response to the possible need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team from UNT’s College of Engineering collaborated to adapt a design and manufacture ventilator splitters in the college’s digital manufacturing lab. The team used 3D printing technology to make the splitters, which will allow doctors to use a single ventilator to treat two patients.

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Supercomputer Simulations to Test Potential COVID-19 Drugs

Supercomputer Simulations to Test Potential COVID-19 Drugs

UNT professor and computational chemist G. Andrés Cisneros, along with his research group, are running computer simulations using four U.S. supercomputers, including the world’s most powerful, Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, to investigate inhibitor mechanisms of existing drugs and provide insights that could serve to improve treatment options for COVID-19.

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