Research News

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Katie Aleck, an undergraduate student at Oakland University whose research into the potential health risks of chemical compound Bisphenol-S (BPS) could contribute to understanding the effects of endocrine or hormone disrupting compounds on breast cancer treatment and prevention, has been selected to make an oral presentation on April 1 at the ENDO 2017 conference in Orlando, Fla.

Katherine Brennecke
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The work of nearly 50 Oakland University researchers was showcased March 10 at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters (MASAL). This year’s conference was organized by Western Michigan University and featured the work of 520 researchers. 

Nick Peraino, doctoral student in Health and Environmental Chemistry, researches the synthesis of gamma lactones from sulfoxonium salts in Dr. Kerrigan’s lab.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

You can combine two or three molecules in thousands of ways. Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry Nessan Kerrigan, Ph.D., matches up molecules, identifying which combinations are most interesting, useful or profitable — particularly for pharmaceuticals.

Friday, February 03, 2017

An Oakland University study on the effects of preventative, home-based physical therapy on senior citizens has been selected to receive a $23,300 Health Innovation Grant by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Alex Delavan and Shaun Moore
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Two Oakland University employees have been named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program honors exceptional individuals, under the age of 40, who excel in their field and improve the quality of life in Oakland County. Alex Delavan, director of Sponsored Programs, and Shaun Moore, director of e-Learning, are being recognized for outstanding career achievements and community contributions. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Leaders from Oakland University and surrounding communities gathered in the Kresge Library’s Nyberg Room on Thursday, Jan. 12 to celebrate the formal opening of the Michael J. Rogers Congressional Collection at OU. Rogers, who served as a state senator before embarking on a 14-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives, was also in attendance as the collection was officially made available to the public. 

Fabia Battistuzzi NIH pathogenicity grant
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Fabia Battistuzzi, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Biological Sciences at Oakland University, a $417,286 grant that will allow her to examine the evolution of infectious diseases while laying the groundwork for the development of new drug-based treatments that could help to save thousands of lives.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In an article published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, Oakland University Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew J. W. McLarnon, Ph.D., and colleagues, addressed the question of “How important is personality in the selection of medical students?”

OU PT program
Monday, December 05, 2016

The OU PT Program was pleased to welcome Dr. Kornelia Kulig, an OU graduate and former faculty member back to Oakland University.

Oakland campus
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Omari Garrett, a senior at Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) was selected from a group of 60 Michigan high school seniors to participate in the 2016 World Food Prize Summit during the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, IA in October 2016.

Jamieson Innovator Award
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mary Jamieson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University, has been selected as a recipient of the inaugural New Innovators in Food and Agriculture Research Award by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research for her efforts to investigate beneficial insects and the ecosystem services that they provide in urban agriculture.

Fabia Battistuzzi standing in her doorway next to a research paper
Monday, November 21, 2016

The Center for Biomedical Research welcomes Assistant Professor Fabia Battistuzzi, Department of Biological Sciences, as its newest member.

Afua Dankwa
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

About the ConferenceApproximately 115 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students attended the 2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Undergraduate Research Conference
Friday, October 21, 2016

Students, faculty and administrators gathered in Oak View Hall on Friday for a conference focused on undergraduate research at Oakland University and beyond. The Honors College and Michigan Center for Undergraduate Research at OU presented the event, entitled “Undergraduate Research: The Present and the Future.” 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oakland University graduate students earned the top four prizes at the 7th Annual Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society (MINS) Conference for their work with stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A new study at Oakland University will investigate whether changes in students’ sleep patterns during the first two years of college are linked to risk factors for weight gain, obesity, and other cardio-metabolic issues.

Localization of Rtca protein
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Undergraduate biomedical sciences major Naveena Daram is coauthor on an article published in the October 2016 issue of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (Volume 57, Pages 5338-5347).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

An Oakland University study comparing the effects of yoga and exercise could help patients with lung cancer breathe a little easier. 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Oakland University and the City of Auburn Hills Senior Center have teamed up to develop a program to help optimize the physical health and fitness of senior citizens who are at future risk for physical decline.

Karen Markel
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Karen Markel understands that for adults with disabilities, finding their niche in the workplace is often tricky – and she’s actively seeking answers to help this population of job seekers.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Oakland University is among seven institutions selected by the National Science Foundation to receive $5 million in grant funds over the next five years as part of a collaborative research project designed to encourage low-income students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields.

Beaumont Team
Friday, September 23, 2016

Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate student Jonathan Kane recently published an article about the Effect of Irradiation on Tumor Microenvironment and Bone Marrow Cell Migration in a Preclinical Tumor Model (International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Volume 96, Pages 170-178, 2016).

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tamara Hew-Butler, D.P.M., Ph.D., associate professor of Exercise Science in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University, will take the national stage on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. when she appears in the new episode of Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV.

World Conference of the International Society for Music Education
Monday, August 15, 2016

Oakland University was well-represented at the 32nd annual World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, which was held last month at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Steven Louis, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering, has taken this to heart, studying nanotechnology, or technology on a molecular scale. These molecules packed a powerful punch – one that sent him all the way to Suzhou, China for the summer to study at the Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

For the past three months, a select group of six undergraduate students has worked with faculty in Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute (ERI) on projects investigating causes and potential cures for eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinopathy. 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

David A. Stone, Ph.D., has been appointed associate vice president for research and professor of Health Sciences at Oakland University. He is scheduled to begin his new role on August 8.

Kristin Landis-Piwowar
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Oakland University’s Kristin Landis-Piwowar is among 12 individuals being recognized as part of this year’s American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Voices Under 40 program. The program was developed to honor ASCLS members who have shown exceptional commitment to the organization, the laboratory profession and their community at large at a young age in their professional career. 

picking challenge 2
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A group of current Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science students and alumni of the university has teamed up with local robotics firm Dataspeed, Inc., to compete for the second year in the Amazon Picking Challenge. 

Oakland campus
Monday, June 13, 2016

CBR member Ferman Chavez, of the Department of Chemistry, and Distinguished Professor Gopal Srinivasan, of the Department of Physics, have teamed up to use DNA to produce new materials with unique electric and magnetic properties.

Friday, June 03, 2016

A new tradition began at Oakland University with the inaugural Graduate Student Research Conference held on May 27. 

Aubrey Fine
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Oakland University’s Center for Human Animal Interventions is hosting a conference to help current and future practitioners wanting to incorporate animal assisted interventions into their practices. 

Paul Wheeler and Andrew Steffes
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

At an age when most other kids are planning their careers as firefighters, baseball players or superheroes, Oakland University School of Business Administration senior Drew Steffes, POM/MIS ’17 already knew that his future would center on the auto industry.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Many students work part time over the summer, but not many will be able to get the type of valuable career experience in their chosen fields like the seven undergraduate students and one doctoral student being trained by Oakland University’s Luis G. Villa-Diaz, assistant professor of biological sciences.

Andrew Goldberg
Monday, May 16, 2016

CBR member Andrew Goldberg, of the Eye Research Institute, was awarded a four-year, 1.5 million dollar grant (R01EY025291) from the National Eye Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health. He will investigate the molecular basis of rod and cone photoreceptor structure.

Monday, May 16, 2016

CBR member Sanela Martic has been awarded a three-year grant for $433,433 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. Her award (R15GM119053) is for mechanistic studies of anti-tau antibodies effects on tau biochemistry.

Robert and Sara Maxfield
Thursday, May 12, 2016

When Robert Maxfield joined Oakland University’s Educational Leadership faculty, he brought 40 years of teaching and leadership experience in Michigan's public school system. Much of his career was devoted to helping teachers become effective leaders, and he was one of the architects of the Galileo Consortium. Formed in 1997, the consortium provides a two-year teacher development program – called the Galileo Academy – for educators in 29 school districts and two community colleges in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Oakland campus
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Three outstanding College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates have been awarded the Michael P. and Elizabeth A. Kenny Merit Scholarship for the Sciences. The Kennys endowed these scholarships to support undergraduates in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, or physics.

Grad path value stream map
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An internal team within Oakland University has been recognized for its work on the Grad Path Lean Workout.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Macomb-OU INCubator client company LogiCoul Solutions has leveraged the strong relationship between Mac-OU INC and Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) by engaging with the senior design course.

xia 3
Monday, April 18, 2016

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in the country.

Rita Kassab presentation
Friday, April 15, 2016

Two Honors College students represented Oakland University at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which took place this month at the University of North Carolina-Ashville. 

Reading Recovery
Monday, April 11, 2016

One of the largest and most rigorous evaluations ever implemented in the field of educationThe Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education has released its evaluation of one of the most ambitious and well-documented expansions of a U.S. instructional curriculum.

Karie Altman tadpoles
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

While climate change is often associated with global warming trends, it is also believed to influence patterns of temperature variability, with greater and more frequent shifts in temperature from one day to the next. Those temperature shifts could change the way certain species interact with each other. 

Oakland campus
Monday, April 04, 2016

Margo Rae Stanfa, Master of Science in Exercise Science, is the winner of this year's Oakland University Outstanding Thesis Award.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Medical research company Aniara Diagnostica recently rewarded an Oakland University Assistant Professor of Biology with a $10,000 grant to research a gene that affects the blood clotting process.