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KENT STATE BIOLOGISTS COMBINE FOR MORE THAN $850,000 IN NIH GRANTS TO STUDY REPRODUCTIVE CHALLENGES
It could be argued that there is no science more valuable to us than that which helps to ensure the survival of our species, and answers questions to solve the problems that challenge it.
For many years, two Kent State researchers have been toiling over this matter and each have recently received new grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH — collectively totaling more than $857,990 — to study reproductive biology, focusing on the cellular mechanisms that regulate the formation and function of gametes (sperm and eggs).
Biological Sciences Professor, Dr. Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan received $424,484, for a two-year study, “Identification of Phosphoproteins Regulating Sperm Function,” while Biological Sciences Professor Dr. Doug Kline was awarded $433,503 over three years for research into “The Role of 14-3-3 Proteins in Oogenesis and Early Development.”
The grants are just the latest in a 30-year legacy of continuous funding between the two Kent State scientists.
Researchers at Kent State work on challenges we face as a society – in health care, energy and sustainability. Their cultural and artistic endeavors enrich our lives and their scholarship adds to the body of knowledge that informs and intrigues us. Their examples of research and scholarship foster a culture of student research.
Here are some of the researchers profiled in recent news and feature stories.
Examining obesity in low-income teens
Low-income teenagers face a high risk of becoming obese. And they are vulnerable to stress-induced eating, living in neighborhoods where it may be unsafe to go outside or in families where food and money are scarce.
A researcher goes to market
“If you want to learn the ropes of doing everything, come to a start-up.”
What is the brain’s role in obesity?
“About one third of adults in the U.S. are obese and another one third are overweight. I’m interested in that other one third…”
Clearing the waters of Lake Erie
His research will help provide a baseline for assessing the effectiveness of measures to slow the growth of toxic algae blooms.
Liquid crystals captivate and compel
“Once you observe them under a microscope, you’re addicted.”
Connecting citizen scientists
“We’re really interested in advancing informal science learning…”
Designing for comfort and health
“There is a lot of work still to be done in senior living communities.”
Discovering deep blue in a liquid crystal
This opens “a rich world of learning more about structure color throughout nature.”
Geographer puts violence in its place
Halfway around the world in Cambodia, he relates the violence of the killing fields to its landscape.
How a hormone affects aggression
“If we understand the basics, it may provide insights into other species, including humans.”
Architecture’s digital future
His laboratory is one of the “gardens of digital design” on the Kent State campus
Will Down syndrome one day be treated in utero?
“If we can figure out what’s happening in utero, maybe we can develop strategies to treat the disorder.”
Learn more: Visit Scholars of the Month.