Common Chemical Used in Plastics May Be Far More Prevalent in Humans Than Previously Thought, says New Study
A new study finds that the tools used to screen for the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) in the human body may be vastly underestimating its prevalence, raising questions about the regulatory decisions made to date about managing this common and toxic industrial compound.
Understanding immunity to improve health
Just a few short hours after illness-causing bacteria enter the human body, a sophisticated defense system goes to work. The immune system quickly recognizes the foreign invaders and sends a well-orchestrated, frontline defense.
Study finds BPA levels in humans dramatically underestimated
Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher than previously assumed.
The study, published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on Dec. 5, provides the first evidence that the measurements relied upon by regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are flawed, underestimating exposure levels by as much as 44 times.
Insulin can prevent mosquito-borne diseases
At WSU’s Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building, Alan Goodman, assistant professor of molecular biosciences at WSU, and other researchers have discovered a biological pathway that shows how exposure to insulin in mosquitoes inhibits viral replication.
WSU study shows insulin can increase mosquitoes’ immunity to West Nile virus
A discovery by a Washington State University-led research team has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses.
Dr. Winuthayanon Recognized during WSU Research Week
The award for Largest New Individual Grant was presented to Wipawee “Joy” Winuthayanon, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences. In FY2019, Winuthayanon received a $1.59 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the oviductal epithelium environment to tackle the poor success and inherent problems associated with assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
School of Molecular Biosciences Celebrates Twenty Years
In August 1999, the Department of Biochemistry-Biophysics, Department of Microbiology and Program in Genetics and Cell Biology fused to form the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB). Faculty recognized that the differences in each discipline were harder to define and by joining they were in a key position to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations. Ten years later, SMB moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine to aggregate biomedical research on the WSU-Pullman campus and add to the extramural funding used to rate Veterinary Colleges.
In two parts during August, SMB hosted esteemed alumni, held a poster competition and learned more about the impact SMB alumni were making in their respective areas ranging from international service, undergraduate teaching, technology start-ups and new reproductive technologies. In addition to welcoming new graduate students, SMB distributed awards to current graduate students, teaching assistants, teaching faculty and research faculty, celebrating their accomplishments in the past year.
For more details about the SMB-20 Celebration, including the Agenda and celebration photos, visit: https://smb.wsu.edu/smb-events/2019-fall-conference/recap
WSU expands Protein Biotechnology Program through new $2.3 million NIH grant
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health has awarded Washington State University NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program $2.3 million over the next five years to support training of Ph.D. graduate students.
Rare Corpse Flower To Release Its Foul Stench At WSU Vancouver
With the name corpse flower, this rare, tropical plant set to bloom at Washington State University Vancouver has quite the reputation to live up to.
“People describe the smell as a mix of rotten fish and dirty socks,” said Steve Sylvester, associate professor of molecular biosciences at the Salmon Creek, Washington, campus.
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Three WSU STEM undergraduates receive national Goldwater awards
Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.