The Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences is committed to engaging in research that promotes the health and well-being of individuals.

Our faculty employ cutting-edge technologies in genetics, genomics, biochemistry and cell biology to better understand human disease. Current areas of focus include the immunology of infectious diseases, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, epigenetics, and cancer. Our research labs provide a vibrant scholarly environment for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral associates and staff scientists. In 2019, our research was supported by more than $2 million in extramural funding.

On behalf of Department Chair Paula Deming, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), endowed professor of health sciences, we invite you to explore research, scholarship and health care innovation in the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Immune Response: A Race Against Time

Eyal Amiel

The Amiel Laboratory team found that dendritic cells — the special cells that help activate the immune system — draw from glucose stored within the cell. This finding adds an important missing piece to the puzzle of how metabolism helps regulate responses to infection. Learn more about Dr. Amiel >>

Pioneering New Treatments for Cancer

Paula Deming with students in lab

Dr. Paula Deming’s research focuses on understanding molecular and cellular alterations that occur in cancer. One project investigates the alterations of a gene associated with lung cancer, the leading cause of worldwide cancer-related mortality. Learn more about Dr. Deming >>

A Revolution in the Study of Disease

Seth Frietze

Dr. Seth Frietze investigates the molecular mechanisms of gene expression in the pathological progression of disease. His research projects range from blood cancer genomics to persistent viral infections, including varicella zoster virus (VZV), which causes herpes, chickenpox and shingles.  Learn more about Dr. Frietze >>

 

Tackling a Neurologic Disorder that Afflicts Young Adults

Dimitry Krementsov looks into a microscope

Dr. Dimitry Krementsov’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying pathogenesis of immune-mediated diseases. Some projects in the Krementsov Laboratory focus on bacteria in gut microbiomes that trigger immune cells’ inflammatory response, and how this response correlates to inflammatory diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more about the Krementsov Lab >>

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