New insight into a deadly disease

In 2018, about 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB), a deadly lung disease caused by a bacterial infection.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a fourth of the world’s population — some 2 billion people, mostly in developing countries — are infected with the bacteria that causes TB, making it one of the world’s […]

Prof Guy Genin

International collaboration leads to breakthrough in metamaterials

A collaboration between Professor Guy Genin, the Harold and Kathleen Faught Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and Changqing Chen, professor in the School of Aerospace and director of Tsinghua University’s Institute of Solid Mechanics (ISM), has led to a breakthrough in the development of metamaterials that can be designed to […]

WashU alum opens first fistula hospital in Uganda

An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms near the vagina after prolonged obstructed labor. The condition can result in long-term health issues and, in some cases, death. When Seruyange first met L. Lewis Wall at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, she revealed her dream of building a fistula hospital in her home […]

Research Funding Opportunities

A number of sources that identify and manage new funding opportunities are available to aid Washington University researchers. Please visit the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for more information. Global engagement is integral to advancing WashU’s research, teaching, and reputation. Solving large scale international problems cannot be done in or by a single country.  Many areas […]

Bacteria Klebsiella

Heading off a deadly superbug

Hypervirulent strains of the bacteria Klebsiella caused tens of thousands of infections in China, Taiwan and South Korea last year, and the bacteria are spreading around the world. About half of people infected with hypervirulent, drug-resistant Klebsiella die. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the biotech startup VaxNewMo have produced […]

Africa Initiative Panel WEBLOGO Design

Africa Speak: A Series

Join The Africa Initiative and the Institute for Public Health for a conversation on their current work in Africa. This event series fosters learning and offers opportunities for collaboration. 4:30 – 6:00 PMBrown Lounge | Brown Hall, Room 112 For more information and to RSVP, please click button below. Africa Speak Spring 2020 Lineup February […]

China Seminar

Seminar in China advances research, global partnership

Recently in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, more than 150 social work faculty, graduate students and practitioners participated in a first-of-its-kind intensive summer seminar at Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU). The seminar focused on advanced research methods for practitioners and researchers working abroad. Students from six different universities in the UK and the US took part in the advanced […]

Asian Rockpool Mosquito

Study offers insight into infectious diseases

It’s rare that scientists see the good in invasive species. But at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center, researchers have discovered something positive about a non-native mosquito. Tyson’s 2,000 acres allow faculty, staff, and students from all over the globe to study a variety of environmental disciplines, including sustainable operations, researchand education. In this particular study, scientists conducted […]

Zika Reservoirs

Possible Zika reservoirs in the Americas

The Zika virus appeared in the Americas in 2015, but it has been present in Africa and Asia since the 1940s. Though the spread of the disease has virtually ended, Zika is a “zoonotic” virus — meaning it can be transferred from animals to humans and vice-versa. Even if it were eradicated in humans, it […]

Plastic problem

Solving the plastic problem

Most of the plastic we use today is petroleum-based and nonbiodegradable, creating more waste to crowd oceans and landfills. To address this daunting problem, Arpita Bose, an assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, and her laboratory have spearheaded research on bioplastics. Her lab is among the first in the world to use microbial electrosynthesis […]

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