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NSU Research Spotlight

NSU Research Spotlight: Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D.

Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine (INIM), recently applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to fund her research study titled “Genomic Approach to Find Novel Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Chronic…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU’s Researchers Discover DNA Repair is High in Heart, Nonexistent in Brain

NSU researchers recently discovered that, contrary to prior belief, tissues of different mammalian organs have very different abilities to repair damage to their DNA. These new findings indicate that the heart has the greatest capacity to repair its DNA, followed by the intestines, kidneys, spleen, testes, and lungs. The brain,…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Discovers Certain ARB Drugs are more Effective than others at Treating Heart Failure

Millions of people take angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) to help treat heart failure. But it turns out not all ARBs are created equally, according to one Nova Southeastern University (NSU) researcher’s findings. Anastasios Lymperopoulos, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., assistant professor of pharmacology at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, along with his research team,…


NSU Research Spotlight: Autism Spectrum Disorder

NSU and the dietary supplement company Immunotec are conducting a research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. The study will investigate the effects of a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate in children diagnosed with autism. The primary function of this…


NSU Research Spotlight: Star Medzerian Vanguri, Ph.D.

Star Medzerian Vanguri, Ph.D., assistant professor of writing, Division of Humanities, Farquhar Colleges of Arts and Sciences, is currently working on a multi-institutional study that investigates whether/how explicit instruction in sentence fluency and style in composition courses influences students’ writing over time and across various contexts. The study contributes to…


NSU Research Spotlight: Coral Reef Conservation

Sam Purkis, Ph.D., Professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center, is passionate about his work on coral reef conservation. “Our coral reefs are fragile and degrading,” says Sam Purkis. “As one of the first ecosystems to collapse, they serve as a forewarning to the rest of our environment.” He leads a team…


NSU Research Spotlight: Coral Reef Ecosystems

Scientists are asked frequently asked about which coral reefs are important in terms of biodiversity — the number of species that inhabit them. NSU Oceanographic Center professor James Darwin Thomas, Ph.D., is investigating small species of crustaceans that tell the evolutionary history of how biodiversity is assembled and maintained in…


NSU Research Spotlight: Healthy Lifestyles

In the alcohol field, self-change — recovering from an alcohol problem without treatment or attending a self-help group — is a common and well-documented phenomenon. Many individuals who drink at high-risk levels, particularly young adults whose problems are not severe, do not seek treatment. To reach such risky drinkers, Nova…


NSU Research Spotlight: Fresh Water Usage

Coastal communities in Florida are facing a range of issues related to the impacts of climate change and development, and social science research plays a critical role in identifying stakeholders, understanding their experiences and perspectives, and engaging them in effective decision-making processes on the personal, professional, and community-wide levels. Robin…


Oceanographic Center Researchers Begin Study on Human Skin

You wouldn’t think that researchers and students at NSU’s Oceanographic Center would be interested in studying human skin – after all, they are marine biologists and scientists. But that’s not the case at all. Researchers believe that certain knowledge may be skin deep, and they’ve used that old adage for…


NSU Research Spotlight: Dental Ceramics

Synthetic ceramic zirconia is an important material in dental and orthopedic restorative treatments because of its excellent biocompatibility and durability.  Jeffrey Y. Thompson, Ph.D., director of the Biosciences Research Center at NSU College of Dental Medicine, is developing novel surface treatments to enhance the adhesion, efficacy and reliability of zirconia…


NSU Research Spotlight: Stem Cells

Peter E. Murray, BSc (Hons), Ph.D. is a Pathologist, Professor, and the Director of NSUs Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. The professor’s research focuses on isolating stem cells from patients, and growing teeth, gum, bone, and other tissues that a patient might need because…


NSU Research Spotlight: Severe Behavioral Disorders and Autism

Researchers at NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies (CPS) and the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, led by CPS professor F. Charles Mace, Ph.D., who is the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Endowed Chair, are conducting research to understand why successful treatment of severe behavior disorders sometimes results in treatment relapse and recurrence…


NSU Research Spotlight: Cancer Research

During his graduate studies nearly 30 years ago, Appu Rathinavelu, now a Ph.D., visited a cancer research institute in India where he witnessed patients facing serious side effects from chemotherapy drugs. This experience inspired him to pursue a field that allowed him to develop new therapeutic approaches that are less…


NSU Research Spotlight: Cardiovascular Disease

Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos, Ph.D., seeks to discover new treatments for cardiovascular disease, which kills more people than cancer. Right now, his “patients” are mice and rats. But Lymperopoulos has dedicated his professional life to the premise that cutting-edge gene therapy techniques will produce important benefits for humans. “I have always…


NSU Research Spotlight: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

An internationally recognized expert in immune disorders, Nancy Klimas, M.D., established the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine in December 2012. Operating from a research center and clinic on the main campus, a clinic in Miami’s Kendall neighborhood, and the Veterans Hospital in Miami, Klimas seeks to…


NSU Research Spotlight: Psychology Research

Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., is passionate about what she does—studying how sleep impacts daytime emotions toward the goal of improving emotional health. Because studies indicate that most Americans are chronically sleep deprived and that some function poorly with even as much as seven hours of sleep a night, Tartar considers sleep…


NSU Research Spotlight: American and Chinese Relation Conflict

Christine Ajayi, Ph.D., assistant professor of Family Therapy at SHSS, is conducting a study to compare the experiences of American and Chinese college students’ perceptions and experiences of relational conflict in light of their perceptions of their parents’ relationships. Previous research has made links to subsequent relationship conflict and family…


NSU Research Spotlight: Cancer Research

Losing a friend to leukemia in high school was a life changing event for  Jean Latimer, Ph.D. Always interested in science, Latimer initially considered becoming a doctor. Then she began thinking about the unchartered territory in which doctors didn’t have all the answers. Her epiphany came at age 16 when…


NSU Research Spotlight: Cybersecurity

Driven by a sense of patriotism, Yair Levy, Ph.D., helps the intelligence community address cybersecurity threats. At the same time, he gives ordinary people who are not computer geeks the skills to protect themselves from online predators who are after personal information. An aeronautical engineer by training, Levy found himself…


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