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Innovative UC program opens doors for first-gen students

July 22, 2022

Brittany Rice had always been drawn to the sciences. Earning her degree in biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati exposed her to a full range of study during her undergraduate career, including chemistry, physics, sociology, mathematics and psychology. “It’s a well-rounded major, and you can go many directions with it,” Rice says. But one direction she still wanted to go in was research—an area that for Rice felt out of reach. “Being first generation and low-income, I did not believe I was cut out for research,” she says. “I was unsure if I had the tools and knowledge to work in a research lab.” Enter associate professor of Chemistry Ryan White. Inspired to open doors for students like Rice, White launched the Pathway to Undergraduate Research for First Generation College Students during the 2021-22 academic year, welcoming an inaugural cohort of eight students, including Rice.

UC researcher named a 2022 Sloan Fellowship recipient 

March 10, 2022

University of Cincinnati chemistry researcher Ashley Ross has received a 2022 Sloan Fellowship to continue and expand her study of how the brain communicates to the immune system through neurotransmitters, particularly during inflammatory disease.    Among the most competitive awards in the U.S. and Canada, Sloan Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize creativity, innovation, and research accomplishments. Ross is only the fifth UC faculty member to receive the recognition in nearly 70 years.     Former recipients of the fellowship have included mathematician John Nash—one of the fathers of modern game theory and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics—and for five of the past six years, winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics have included former Sloan fellows.    “Today’s Sloan Research Fellows represent the scientific leaders of tomorrow,” says Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a release announcing the winners. “As formidable young scholars, they are already shaping the research agenda in their respective fields—and their trailblazing won’t end here.”    Ross’s lab focuses on developing technologies to measure specific biomolecules, particularly neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that are used from the nervous system to communicate to nearby cells not only in the brain, but all throughout the body.  

UC project targets pesky mosquitoes’ genes

February 21, 2022

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati examined genetic material of three species of mosquitoes responsible for killing millions of people around the world each year. In a collaboration between UC’s chemistry and biology departments, researchers revealed the surprising genetic modifications female mosquitoes undergo, in part to create the next generation. Using tools called liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, researchers found as many as 33 genetic modifications in the transfer RNA of female mosquitoes. Like DNA, transfer RNA serves as the building blocks of life, communicating the genetic code from DNA to build new proteins that regulate the body’s tissues and organs.

Sensor detects toxins in drinking water sources

December 15, 2021

University of Cincinnati researchers have developed a sensor that detects toxins called microcystins from algal blooms that taint surface water such as rivers, lakes and streams. Early detection of these toxins can aid water treatment plants to adjust the treatment strategy to keep the dangerous substances from contaminating drinking water. The research is led by Dionysios Dionysiou, professor of environmental engineering, with his student, Vasileia Vogiazi, who recently earned her doctoral degree from UC in environmental engineering.

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