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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.

UC’s summer semester offers students short sessions, flexibility

April 12, 2021

Coming into the summertime of 2020, Sumedha Kappagantula was considering ways to make the most her opportunities during what is usually a break from the academic rigor of her traditional school year. As a Biomedical Engineering major in the UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Kappagantula is minoring in Chemistry and Biological Sciences, taking classes through the College of Arts and Sciences. She thought summer semester would be a great time to get ahead in her coursework, and move her degree forward.

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