A new serological test in which an NAU professor played a pivotal role in developing can not only help humanity prepare for and respond to the next pandemic, but it also can be pivotal in the search for viral triggers of diseases like diabetes and celiac disease.
Jason Ladner, an assistant professor… Read more
Investigating the world’s deadliest diseases
His twin passions for research and the outdoors—plus a sprinkling of serendipity—led Professor Dave Wagner to a career as a leading disease ecologist.
Professor Dave Wagner’s research focuses on some of the deadliest diseases known to the human race—including plague, melioidosis, and tularemia (rabbit fever). Many of the diseases he… Read more
Team of disease ecologists documents person-to-person spread of antimicrobial-resistant plague
New strain of deadly disease caused by Yersinia pestis emerged in an outbreak in rural Madagascar
Although the world is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many other dangerous pathogens still out there, like Yersinia pestis, which causes plague – the deadly disease that killed tens of millions of people during the infamous Black Death in the 14th century. Although plague has been largely eradicated in the developed world, it still… Read more
Scientists collaborate across NAU’s research centers to create new physics-based technology for COVID-19 detection
One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the lack of testing needed to detect and trace infections—and without adequate testing, government officials do not have the data they need to make the best possible decisions in the interest of public health.
In addition to being in short supply,… Read more
PMI’s undergraduate research program at NAU prepares students for real-world challenges with hands-on experience studying diseases—including COVID-19
At a time when the world is gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for trained student researchers in the biomedical field may have never been greater. That’s why the unique undergraduate student research training program offered by Northern Arizona University’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute (PMI), established through the… Read more
NAU and Purdue experts apply microbiome research to agricultural science to help increase crop yield
The global demand and consumption of agricultural crops is increasing at a rapid pace. According to the 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity Report, global yield needs to increase at an average annual rate of 1.73 percent to sustainably produce food, feed, fiber and bioenergy for 10 billion people in 2050. In the US, however, agricultural productivity is struggling to… Read more