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NSU Research Spotlight

NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Global Research Team Tackles Pediatric Cancer

The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Cell Therapy Institute led by accomplished cancer researcher Richard Jove, Ph.D., is actively collaborating with scientists from the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden, home of the scientists who discovered NK cells, to develop a full-circle investigative process to expedite discoveries. The research team is…


Research Spotlight: Halmos Chemistry Major Conducts Summer Research Project in Oregon

This summer Halmos College chemistry major Ava Pasnon spent 10 weeks at the University of Oregon as part of NSU’s Research Experience for Undergraduate Students. While there, she worked with the research group headed by George Nazin, Ph.D. This group investigates the connection between the chemical structure and properties of…


Hypower Inc. Sponsored Shark Tracked for 309 days

A Mako shark, whose satellite tag was sponsored by Hypower, Inc. was tracked for over 6,200 miles in 309 days. This female Mako was tagged on September 26, 2016 just south of Long Island, New York. Her last detection was in the Gulf of Mexico on August 1, 2017. Halmos…


Research Spotlight: Halmos Researchers Collect Coral Spawning Samples in Florida Keys

This August Halmos graduate students from faculty member Joana Figueiredo’s marine larval ecology lab traveled to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to collect coral larvae from Acropora cervicornis, the Staghorn coral. These larvae were collected for the student’s graduate research projects. This research is conducted with the collaboration of…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute Tagged Tiger Shark Breaks Distance Record – And Is Still Going!

A tiger shark named “Andy”  is like the marine version of the Energizer Bunny – he keeps going and going and going… Andy, tagged in Bermuda in 2014 by Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI,) has broken the record for distance traveled by a GHRI tagged shark,…


Halmos Student Continues NSU Research at George Washington University

Halmos biology major Hema Narlapati spent her second summer at George Washington University conducting her independent research project with John Hawdon, Ph.D. This project, researching alternative approaches to controlling soil-transmitted roundworm infections, is the continuation of Ms. Narlapati’s NSU independent project with Halmos faculty members Robert Smith, Ph.D.  and Christopher…


Research Spotlight: Conducting Research in the Indian Ocean

Halmos Faculty member Tamara Frank, Ph.D., recently returned from a 5 week research expedition in the Indian Ocean, on the German Research Vessel Sonne.  Onboard was an international mix of 32 geologists and biologists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia and the US (Frank was the only American onboard),…


NSU Study Shows Ocean’s Fastest Shark Is Being Threatened By Over Fishing

More bad news for sharks. A new study using satellite tracking by researchers from Nova Southeastern University’sGuy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), the University of Rhode Island and other colleagues shows that the fishing mortality rate of the shortfin mako in the western North Atlantic is considerably higher than previously estimated from catches reported by fishermen….


Research Spotlight: Halmos Faculty Identify More than 180 Species of Fish

Halmos faculty member Tracey Sutton, Ph.D. and other scientists of the DEEPEND consortium have identified over 180 fish species new to the Gulf of Mexico and another 20-30 that are new to scientists. Most of these species come from the deep waters of the Gulf, where little research has been…


Halmos Faculty Studies Coral Reefs in Galapagos Islands

In April, Halmos faculty member Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D., traveled to the Galapagos Islands to work with a group of scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation Scientists (CDF), Ecuador International Conservation (IC-Ecuador), ETPS Regional Program (Eastern Pacific Landscape), Nazca Institute of Marine Research and Nova Southeastern University to study three areas…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Biophysicist Studies the “Autocorrect” Feature in your DNA

New research at NSU has revealed the information content associated with each letter of DNA. This work may improve our understanding of how the genetic code can resist the effects of mutations that may cause cancer or inherited diseases. The same genetic code is used by almost all living organisms…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Secures Grant to Study Zika

Vladimir Beljanski, Ph.D., associate professor in the NSU Cell Therapy Institute recently received grant award from the Florida Department of Health, Biomedical Research Program for a project titled, “A comparative analysis of Zika virus-induced antiviral response mechanisms in under-studied cell populations.” Findings produced from this project can help to develop…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researchers to Present at World Stem Cell Summit

The World Stem Cell Summit & RegMed Capital Conference has invited five faculty members from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Cell Therapy Institute to present on their research related to advancing new approaches to cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine at the organization’s 12th annual meeting. The summit is being held…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Scientists Study Disease that Impacts Hundreds of Thousands of Gulf War Veterans

As we recognize and honor our veterans for their service, we must also remember that many veterans are ill from exposure to unexplained pesticides, radiation or other toxins during their time in the service. Approximately a quarter of the 700,000 soldiers who fought in the 1991 Gulf War suffer from a debilitating disease…


Research Spotlight: Student Funds Her Shark Research with Crowdfunding Campaign

NSU student Rachael Karns funded her graduate thesis project in a modern, innovative manner: she launched a successful crowdfunding campaign on experiment.com, a website focused on supporting scientific discoveries through online public donations. At NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Karns is pursuing a Master of Science in…


Research Spotlight: NSU names recipient of Prestigious Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award

In recognition of his significant contributions to Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., was named the recipient of the Sixth Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award. Dr. Speth is a researcher and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in NSU’s College of Pharmacy. Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., NSU executive…


Halmos Professor Travels to Africa for Conservation Efforts

Stephen J. O’Brien, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, recently traveled to Africa to participate in collaborative international efforts focused on world species conservation. O’Brien’s first stop was the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia, which is led by international conservationist Laurie Marker, D.Phil., a…


Halmos Professor Travels to Europe to Research Crinoid Evolution

Charles Messing, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, recently returned from Europe, where he examined museum collections and consulted with paleontologists about incorporating Mesozoic fossil crinoids (sea lilies and feather stars) into phylogenetic trees of crinoid evolution. Such trees are currently based chiefly on DNA…


NSU Research Spotlight: Study Finds Vision Loss Due to Diabetes is Rising Globally

Diabetes has become one of the top causes of vision loss around the world, according to an article published on August 23, 2016 in Diabetes Care journal by a global consortium led by researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida, and the Vision and…


Check out this Great Online Resource: The Qualitative Report

NSU is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious open-access, online journals – The Qualitative Report, the first English language e-journal in the world to publish qualitative, action, collaborative, mixed-method, arts-based, and critical research from a transdisciplinary perspective. The journal’s quality can be seen by its inclusion in…


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