Sichuan and WashU researchers

WashU, Sichuan University collaborate on anthropology and archaeology research in China

A new agreement between anthropology and archaeology programs at Washington University in St. Louis and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, will expand student and faculty exchanges and increase collaboration in field and laboratory research. “The archaeological program at Sichuan is among the very best in China. They are developing innovative projects coupled with cutting-edge research […]

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WashU researchers rethink the world’s energy sources

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have received a $3.9 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE). The grant is to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels — energy sources made from plants or microbes. Researchers at the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are seeking to make biofuels whose production would […]

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New insights into a devastating tropical disease

More than one million people in tropical countries contract the parasite Leishmaniaevery year through the bites of infected sand flies. Most people develop disfiguring – but not life-threatening – skin lesions at the sites of the bites. But if the parasite spreads to the internal organs, it causes a disease known as visceral leishmaniasis, which kills […]

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Global collaboration uncovers new information about disease-causing proteins

Prions are protein aggregates that can be transmitted between cells and are associated with human diseases including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and in neurodegeneration as observed in ALS. Despite the important role of prion-like domains in human diseases, much about them remains a mystery. An international team of researchers,  including Rohit Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor […]

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WashU researcher receives Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Scientist honored for role in founding, leading field of gut microbiome research Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, a world-renowned scientist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur International Award. The award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical research in fields that profoundly affect global public health. […]

Swollen legs of man with elephantiasis.

Hope in the fight against a devastating disease

Research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue new guidelines for treating lymphatic filariasis – a devastating tropical disease that can cause elephantiasis. An estimated 70 million people worldwide are infected with the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. It can cause massive […]

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Living Earth Collaborative: Preserving global biodiversity

In less than fifty years, global animal populations have declined by more than half. Extinction threatens one in five wild plant species, putting at risk supplies of food and medicines. Reversing this alarming trend will be critical to man’s survival. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo are joining forces to […]

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Cracking the case of global plant biodiversity

Two Washington University researchers are furthering our understanding of plant biodiversity around the globe. The biodiversity gradient is the increase in species richness that occurs from the poles to the tropics. It is  one of the most widely recognized patterns in ecology but no one is sure exactly why it exists. Because the phenomenon is […]

Jean-Francois Trani

In conflict-affected states, insufficient healthcare affects most vulnerable

Brown School associate professor Jean-Francois Trani is  interested in the intersection of mental health, disability, vulnerability and poverty. He conducts field research that informs policy and service design in conflict-affected fragile states and low-income countries. A new study co-authored by Trani finds that despite 15 years of investment in the Afghan healthcare sector by the […]

EMBA class in Mumbai

Preparing world leaders

In July 2017, the third cohort (“Batch 3”) of students in the joint IIT-Bombay-Washington University Executive MBA program gathered in in Mumbai to begin an 18-month course to advance their leadership skills while continuing their full-time careers. WashU Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Olin Dean Mark Taylor welcomed the new class via video message. Shivganesh Bhargava, […]