Climate change could make RSV respiratory infection outbreaks less severe, more common
Dec. 16, 2019
Written by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

One of the first studies to examine the effect of climate change on diseases such as influenza that are transmitted directly from person to person has found that higher temperatures and increased rainfall could make outbreaks less severe but more common, particularly in North America.

Princeton University-led researchers studied how…

Princeton researchers listen in on the chemical conversation of the human microbiome
Dec. 13, 2019
Written by Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

The microbial community populating the human body plays an important role in health and disease, but with few exceptions, how individual microbial species affect health and disease states remains poorly understood. A new study by Princeton researcher…

Stone and Sturm named to National Academy of Inventors
Dec. 6, 2019
Written by the Office of Engineering Communications

The National Academy of Inventors has named Princeton engineering professors Howard Stone and James Sturm among 168 fellows for 2019.

Stone is the chair…

Graduate student researcher hits the lights on cells' development
Dec. 5, 2019
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

Combining light and a protein linked to cancer, researchers at Princeton University have created a biological switch to conduct an unprecedented exploration of cellular development in the embryo.

The study, published Dec. 2 in the Proceedings of the National…

How to make better biofuels? Convince yeast it's not starving
Nov. 13, 2019
Written by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

Yeast already helps make bread and beer and cranks out the biofuel ethanol, but scientists believe it can be used to create an even more efficient fuel called isobutanol. Normally, yeast only creates a tiny amount of isobutanol. Now researchers at Princeton University have discovered a genetic switch that significantly ramps up production.

Yibin Kang awarded American Cancer Society research professorship grant
Nov. 1, 2019
Written by Courtesy of the American Cancer Society

Yibin Kang, Ph.D., the Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and the associate director for Consortium Research of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been awarded an American…

A delicate balance: Student films examine needs of humans and wildlife in Kenya
Oct. 17, 2019
Written by Alexandra Jones for the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

In the summer of 2019, a group of Princeton undergraduates embarked on a six-week Global Seminar in central Kenya, studying ecology and conservation as well as filmmaking fundamentals with Princeton faculty and other renowned instructors.

Their classroom was Mpala,…

Microbe chews through PFAS and other tough contaminants
Sept. 20, 2019
Written by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

In a series of lab tests, a relatively common soil bacterium has demonstrated its ability to break down the difficult-to-remove class of pollutants called PFAS, researchers at Princeton University said.

The bacterium, Acidimicrobium bacterium A6, removed 60% of PFAS —…

Innovative tiny laser has potential uses in drug quality control, medical diagnosis, airplane safety
July 24, 2019
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules on the pharmaceutical production line or classify tissue in patients’ skin, a Princeton-led team of researchers has created an imaging system that uses lasers small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.

Fewer fish may reach breeding age as climate change skews timing of reproduction, food availability
July 24, 2019
Written by Joseph Albanese for the Princeton Environmental Institute

Climate change may be depriving juvenile fish of their most crucial early food source by throwing off the synchronization of when microscopic plants known as phytoplankton bloom and when fish hatch, according to Princeton University researchers. The long-term effect on fish reproductivity could mean fewer fish available for human consumption.