Research

UI biologists identify reproductive traffic cop

Protein dictates speed at which chromosomes pair up, pass DNA
University of Iowa researchers have found a protein that regulates how chromosomes pair up and pass genetic information. FDK-6 dictates the speed at which maternal and paternal chromosome strands move and join in roundworms. The findings were published online this month in “The Journal of Cell Biology.”
man working on laptop in home office

Telecommuting extends the work week, at little extra pay

Study may change perception of benefits of work-at-home option
Telecommuting may not be as advantageous as employees think. A new study shows working from home adds extra hours to the work week, at little additional pay. The findings may change workers’ perceptions of the value of telecommuting and could spur employers to better define the work-at-home workday.
Usha Mallik portrait

A quark like no other

UI physicist Usha Mallik searches for ‘bottom quark’ that could confirm existence of ‘God particle’
University of Iowa physicist Usha Mallik is at the forefront of the search to confirm the existence of a particle believed to give mass to all matter. Her group helped build and operates a sub-detector to search for bottom quarks, which are thought to appear when a Higgs boson decays.
merging galaxy imagery

What role do supermassive black holes play when galaxies merge?

UI astrophysicist wins National Science Foundation grant to study just that
Galaxies are merging all the time, even our own galaxy, the Milky Way. But how these mergers occur isn’t entirely clear. University of Iowa astrophysicist Hai Fu will use a National Science Foundation grant to find and characterize supermassive black holes associated with merging galaxies.

Grants Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center awards ASC seed grants

Four early career University of Iowa scientists have each received an American Cancer Society seed grant through Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI to investigate new ideas related to the cause, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Honors UI alumnus and climate scientist James Hansen honored by BBVA Foundation

University of Iowa alumnus and climate science pioneer James Hansen has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change for his contributions to climate science. He and Princeton University scientist Syukuro Manabe were jointly recognized for constructing the first computational models to simulate climate behavior.

Why high-dose vitamin C kills cancer cells

Low levels of catalase enzyme make cancer cells vulnerable to ascorbate
University of Iowa cancer researchers have homed in on the biological details of how high-dose vitamin C (also known as ascorbate) kills cancer cells.

Appointments Strack, Usachev named J.P. Long Professors of Pharmacology

Stefan Strack and Yuriy Usachev, both professors of pharmacology, have been appointed to endowed professorships named for a former chairman of the department, John Paul Long. The five-year appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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