Research

Timothy O'Connell, PhD, was awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms by which omega-3 fatty acids benefit heart health.

Recent research by Emilyn Alejandro, PhD, published in the journal, Cell Reports, has identified the critical role that O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) plays in the ability and capacity of pancreatic beta cells to sense obesity and produce and release insulin appropriately.

In a vertical climb to avoid collision with a towering mountain, a plane ejects cargo to gain altitude. Investigators at the University of Minnesota showed that cancer cells perform similar feats in escaping the killing effects of radiation. Their work was published in the May issue of the journal, EBiomedicine.

A recent grant from the National Institutes of Health supports research led by Martina Bazzaro, PhD, which looks to find a way to restore sensitivity to chemotherapy for patients with ovarian cancer who have become chemoresistant.

Glenn Simmons Jr., PhD, leads a third testing strategy developed at the University of Minnesota Medical School that may help monitor COVID-19 prevalence in communities, both metro and rural, across the state.

A collaborative team at the University, including faculty, residents and a mechanical engineer, developed a respirator safety shield to protect patients and physicians during COVID-19 care.

Research conducted by Danni Li, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, which studied very long-chain saturated fatty acids, shows a positive association with lower change of cognitive function over the span of 20 years.

Ryan Hunter, PhD, assistant professor for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and his colleagues noticed inconsistencies among how effective antibiotics are in treating patients with cystic fibrosis and began studying how to improve antibiotic efficacy.

David Boulware, MD, MPH
Visiting Minnesota during the often-frigid month of November may not make the best first impression for new visitors. Yet today, when David Boulware, MD, MPH, thinks about when he first traveled to the state to interview for a residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in November 1999, he recalls very little about the weather and more about the sense of energy and hope he had to join the community.

Stephen Richardson, MD
Despite traveling the country to interview at different programs, cardiac anesthesiology fellow Stephen Richardson, MD, knew he wanted to pursue his medical training in Minnesota. 

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