Each semester, SMU biology professors Pia Vogel and John Wise welcome a handful of dedicated and curious students to their lab in the SMU Dedman Life Sciences building. The SMU undergraduate students and Dallas-area high school students get hands-on experience working on cancer research in the combined SMU Department of Biological Sciences laboratories of Wise and Vogel.
SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions. It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here's a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings.
Drugs important in the battle against cancer responded the way they do in real life and behaved according to predictions when tested in a computer-generated model of one of the cell’s key molecular pumps — the protein P-glycoprotein, or P-gp. Biologists at SMU developed the computer generated model to overcome the problem of relying on only static images for P-gp's structure, said biologist John G. Wise, lead researcher.
Researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, have discovered three new drug-like compounds that could ultimately offer better odds of survival to prostate cancer patients. The drug-like compounds can be modified and developed into medicines that target a protein in the human body that is responsible for chemotherapy resistance in cancers, said biochemist Pia D. Vogel.
Health and science reporter Richard Laliberte with Prevention Magazine has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer. The research by Plano, Texas high school student Ria Chhabra is featured in the article, "Is Organic Food Really Better For You?," published Aug. 21.
New York Times reporter Tara Parker-Pope has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer. The article on the New York Times Wellness blog covers the research of Bauer and Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra. It appeared April 17, "Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly."
Science journalist Alain Tranet writing in the Paris-based science publication Le Journal de la Science has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer by Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra. The article, "Et si manger bio était bel et bien meilleur pour la santé?," published April 3.
Journalist Ariel Schwartz has covered research carried out in the fruit fly lab of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer on Fast Company's Co.Exist web site. The article, which covers the research of Bauer and Plano, Texas, high school student Ria Chhabra, appeared April 1, "Organic Food Will Make You Live Longer And Be More Fertile (If You’re A Fly)."