Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius), apple seed-sized insects that hide in cracks and come out at night to suck blood from sleeping humans, have experienced a resurgence in recent years. Assiduous hitchhikers on luggage, used clothes, and furniture, bedbugs are hard to get rid of. They can infest the best hotels and apartment buildings, and spread in schools, homeless shelters, movie theaters, nursing homes and hospitals. Bedbugs can be an underreported problem, because only one in 20 people have obvious reactions to their bites.
Cancers that begin in the breast, prostate, lung, thyroid and kidney can spread to the vertebrae and weaken them while causing pain to the patient. Gamma radiation therapy to kill the tumor is toxic to bone, spinal cells and nerves, leading to paralysis. Because of this, doctors often delay radiation treatment in patients with metastatic cancer as long as possible, leaving patients in pain as tumors progress.
Professor Aimee Edinger and her lab’s researchers, while unpinning the fundamental mechanisms of tumor biology, are designing out-of-the-box therapies to fight cancer. In collaboration with medicinal chemist, Prof. Stephen Hanessian of UCI and University of Montréal, they are taking unprecedented steps in understanding and designing a treatment that targets a universal hallmark of all cancers, the high metabolic demand that sustains rapid, uncontrolled growth.
At the time Bruce Tromberg began his academic career at UCI as a postdoctoral scholar in 1988, the market for his research, lasers and optics in biology and medicine, was extremely small.
Despite the apparent low market value for such work, the University and BLI founders, Prof. Michael Berns and Prof. Arnold Beckman, saw the significance and worth in investing in the fields of optics and photonics. The founding researchers knew that light could be a very powerful and elegant scientific tool for studying the human body.
The impact of digital technologies on businesses and the economy has been a passionate area of research for Information Systems and Computer Science Professor Vijay Gurbaxani. Gurbaxani received an integrated five year Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.
We visited Dr. Penner's Research Group to take a deep dive into their recent battery discovery and its commercial potential.
Imagine an iPhone that never dies—no more having to look at the battery percentage slowly decrease until that fatal 1%. That dream is on the horizon thanks to Penner Research Group team member and UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai who recently discovered a crucial technology that could create a battery that lasts up to 400 times longer than the batteries currently in use.