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NSU Research Spotlight

NSU Research Spotlight: Innovative Cardiac Research

Scientists at the Nova Southeastern University Cell Therapy Institute and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet are developing innovative treatments for life-threatening diseases through research in cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine. Focusing on heart disease and cancer—two leading causes of death in the U.S. — the collaborative teams are developing ways to reprogram…

Halmos Students Experience Marine Research Vessel Up Close

This January, a group of Halmos College undergraduates were among the first to visit the R/V W.T. Hogarth at the Bahia Mar Marina. This 78-foot vessel is the newest research vessel for the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO). The Hogarth is equipped with berths for 10 scientists, wet & dry…

Scholars, Researchers, and Academics from around the World make TQR 9th Annual Conference one of its Largest Ever.

Scholars, researchers, and academics were joined by three prominent keynote speakers to celebrate “The Phenomenology of Qualitative Research” at The Qualitative Research 9th Annual Conference. The event brought in Jonathan A. Smith, Johnny Saldaña, and Mirka Koro-Ljungberg as its three keynote speakers, who each offer a different unique perspective on…

Halmos College Research Paper Contributes to NOAA Shark Protection

On January 16, 2018, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has requested that fishermen voluntarily adopt shortfin mako shark measures. Research from the Halmos College Natural Sciences and Oceanography and its Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) contributed to this major change in fishery management policy. The GHRI research, published in…

NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Part of Team Using DNA to Protect the Rhinoceros From Extinction

Call it CSI meets conservation. Stephen O’Brien, Ph.D., a research scientist at Nova Southeastern University’s  Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, has worked with colleagues across the globe to create a DNA database of rhinoceros that will be used to help with the criminal prosecution of poachers. “What we’ve…

Nova Southeastern University Researchers to Present at 2018 World Stem Cell Summit

Leading faculty members from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Allopathic Medicine (M.D. College) are scheduled to present their research related to advancing new approaches to cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine at the 2018 World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS). “We have built a team that is passionately focused on…

NSU’s Dr. Gary S. Margules Named a National Academy of Inventors 2017 NAI Fellow

Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., vice president for research and technology transfer at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of…

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…

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