The Fourth State of Matter Could Scrub Viruses From The Air

The Fourth State of Matter Could Scrub Viruses From The Air

Getting sick and having absolutely no way to prevent it from happening: not ideal. While the medical community has made huge strides in understanding how pathogens cause disease and developing treatments to fight against infection, detecting airborne viruses and preventing them from entering our bodies remains unreasonably difficult. And by difficult, I mean virtually impossible,…

Joshua Pierce: Creating Molecules to Fight Disease

Joshua Pierce: Creating Molecules to Fight Disease

We develop new chemistry that can allow us to access molecules that aren’t possible currently, and those molecules could serve as leads for drugs in the future. Synthetic chemistry is the science of building molecules from simple building blocks. So I’m leading an initiative in the Comparative Medicine Institute focused on bringing together researchers on…

Will We Ever Cure Breast Cancer?

Will We Ever Cure Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, right behind skin cancer. While it largely affects women, it can also occur in men. Fortunately, thanks to awareness, early detection, and research, survival rates have increased but there’s still a lot we’re learning. So how far have we come…

Viruses: Molecular Hijackers

Viruses: Molecular Hijackers

Hey it’s professor Dave; let’s talk about viruses. We now have a pretty good understanding of what’s going on inside a cell, so we are ready to look at different kinds of unicellular organisms. But before we get to those, let’s take a look at something a bit simpler, a virus. Contrary to popular belief,…

What is Your Snot Saying?

What is Your Snot Saying?

Whether it leaves us feeling stuffed up or sniffling, mucus can make us miserable. But despite being a little icky, phlegm gets a bad rap. This germ-fighting goo contains cells and compounds that help us power through a cold, and what turns up in our tissues can be a useful clue about the inner workings…