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Research at Wilkes

NFMonitoring Arctic Ecosystems

More than 170 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ned Fetcher and several Wilkes students are studying the effects of climate change on plants. Fetcher’s research could foretell the effects of global warming in ecosystems around the world. That is because patterns observed in the Arctic are expected to appear later in other ecosystems – so the findings of this project may serve as an indicator of the potential effects of local adaptation on plant responses to climate change.  More>>

Detecting Cancer Early AS

Technologies for revolutionizing breast cancer detection and imaging and for improving the treatment of neurological disorders are among the research projects with practical implications originating in the lab of Abas Sabouni, assistant professor of electrical engineering. More>>

MSAcorns to Oaks to OPUS

Research by Michael A. Steele, Wilkes biology professor, is helping to improve understanding about the lack of oak tree regeneration – a significant problem in forests around the world including in the United States, northwest Canada, Spain, Portugal, Scotland and Costa Rica. One of the world’s foremost authorities on oak seed dispersal and on tree squirrels, Steele’s work demonstrates how animals store acorns in the ground and also how certain ecological processes prevent the recovery of some acorns, allowing them to germinate, oak seedlings to take root and forests to grow. More>>

pharmacyPreventing Hospital Readmissions

Improving patients’ safe transition from hospital to home is the goal of a model developed by Judith Kristeller, professor of pharmacy practice. Kristeller devised a method to improve communication and connect hospital pharmacists, community pharmacists and physicians. More>>

Protein Nanomachines 

The answer to dementia and other degenerative diseases may be one computer simulation away. Del Lucent, assistant professor of physics, is studying how a process called protein folding could help find a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and several types of cancer. More>>

Game-changing Wound Care

Ali Razavi envisions a new substance that could be a “game changer” in treating skin wounds for diabetics, burn victims and others. The professor of mechanical engineering, who has a specific background in materials engineering and chemistry, has been researching the anti-bacterial properties of silver for the past three years with Owen Faut, professor emeritus of chemistry, Ken Pidcock, professor of biology, and their chemistry and microbiology students. They discovered a silver compound that mimics how the body’s immune system fights infection and produces oxygen to kill harmful bacteria. The compound could revolutionize wound care and healing. More>>

Kidney Stone Destroyer

Painful kidney stones may soon be reduced and treated with a dietary supplement developed by three Wilkes professors. More>>