One-on-One with Tier One: Dr. Seema Khurana

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Dr. Seema Khurana (left middle) and her lab work with the protein villin.

What do breast cancer and colon cancer have in common? Actually, they may have a lot more in common than you might think. Studying a potential link through a protein called Villin is Dr. Seema Khurana. Khurana, professor in the University of Houston’s Department of Biology and Biochemistry, has recently received an award of $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study Villin and its potential connection to certain types of cancer. She sat down with UH’s Division of Research (DOR) to talk about her work and its potential impact to cancer treatment. Continue reading

One-on-One with Tier One: Dr. Yunsoo Choi

 

Dr. Yunsoo Choi is an assistant professor at UH working on the SPOCK detection system.

Dr. Yunsoo Choi is an assistant professor at UH working on the SPOCK detection system. Photo courtesy of UH Media Relations.

As climate change and global warming become increasingly severe problems around the world, researchers are looking into ways to monitor and forecast the pollution that contributes to this borderless issue. At the University of Houston, Dr. Yunsoo Choi (YC), assistant professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Modeling and Remote Sensing, has developed a short-term pollution model for southeast Texas and the continental U.S. named the System of air POllution forecasting with Captain Kirk (SPOCK). He agreed to talk to UH’s Division of Research (DOR) about his model and his upcoming projects. Continue reading

Dr. Zhifeng Ren: Recipient of the 2014 O’Donnell Award in Science

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We congratulate Dr. Zhifeng Ren, M.D. Anderson Chair professor of physics and principal investigator at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, who has received the 2014 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas.

One-on-One with Tier One: Dr. Don Coltart

Dr. Don Coltart (above) is an assistant professor at the University of Houston.

Dr. Don Coltart (above) is an assistant professor at the University of Houston.

Chemists are faced with a challenge: An effective drug has been discovered, but they now need to make it in a way that accounts for its very specific form and shape. Sounds simple? Not always. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded Dr. Don Coltart, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Houston, a grant to help him develop a mechanism to create certain drugs and compounds through a process called asymmetric alkylation of a ketone. UH’s Division of Research (DOR) had a chance to talk to Coltart about his upcoming research and its potential impact in the scientific community.

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One-on-One with Tier One: Dr. Craig Glennie

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Craig Glennie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Dr. Shishir Shah, associate professor of computer science, Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris, professor of computer science, and Dr. Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan, professor of civil and environmental engineering, a grant to develop algorithms that analyze damaged infrastructure after a natural disaster has occurred. Glennie, the principal investigator for this project, sat down with the University of Houston’s Division of Research to talk about this multi-disciplinary project.

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