Category: Research Highlights

Congratulations to Briana Wilson, Recipient of an NIH F30 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Briana Wilson was recently awarded an NIH F30, an Individual Predoctoral Fellows Award from the National Cancer Institute, which began on July 1, 2020.  Briana is a Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics degree…

Your Brain Parasite Isn’t Making You Sick. Here’s Why.

More than 30 million Americans are infected with a brain parasite spread by cats and contaminated meat, but most will never show symptoms. A new discovery from the University of…

Q&A: Dr. William Petri on COVID-19, Vaccines and the Pandemic

COVID-19 cases are spiking in many areas of the United States. More than 4.4 million Americans have tested positive for the disease, and many millions more are likely to have…

UVA Pioneers Study Of Genetic Diseases With Mind-Bending Quantum Computing

University of Virginia School of Medicine scientists are harnessing the mind-bending potential of quantum computers to help us understand genetic diseases – even before quantum computers are a thing. UVA’s…

Discovery Reveals How Plants Make Cellulose For Strength and Growth

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals how plants create the load-bearing structures that let them grow – much like how building crews frame a house. Funded by the U.S.…

Brain Cancer: Scientists Identify Gene Responsible For Deadly Glioblastoma

University of Virginia scientists have identified an oncogene (a cancer-causing gene) responsible for glioblastoma, the deadliest brain tumor. The discovery offers a promising new treatment target for a cancer that…

Lack of Lockdown Increased COVID-19 Deaths in Sweden

Sweden’s controversial decision not to lock down during COVID-19 produced more deaths and greater healthcare demand than seen in countries with earlier, more stringent interventions, a new analysis finds. But…

Blood Test At COVID-19 Diagnosis Can Predict Disease Severity, Study Finds

UVA researchers, Mary Young, Mayuresh Abhyankar, Bill Petri and Allie Donlan, found that doctors can examine COVID-19 patients’ blood to identify those at greatest risk of severe illness and most…

UVA Chemist Wins Cottrell Scholar Award For Her Work With Giant Molecules

The study of polymers – molecular structures composed of thousands of atoms – may be one of the fastest-growing fields in science today. According to the World Economic Forum, research…

Q&A: Infectious Diseases Expert Talks Vaccines and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread, harming and hampering lives and economies, one thing is clear: we need a vaccine. Dr. Steven Zeichner, a University of Virginia infectious diseases…