The Observer

Researcher studies benefits of “kangaroo care” in newborns

Sruthi Meka, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016

For Susan Ludington, the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing, the bond between mother and infant is something spectacular to witness. Kangaroo care, the primary subject of Ludington’s research, is a method of care that can help facilitate the bond between mother and...

A fly on the wall

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2016

As a neuroscientist with an established interest in entomology, Assistant Professor of Biology Jessica Fox wields a distinctive approach to research. Her laboratory's current work involves using insect flight as a model for how sensory systems process information, which holds broader implications for...

Student researcher seeks to understand glaucoma

Sruthi Meka, Staff Writer

January 29, 2016

It often develops slowly, undetectably. Glaucoma, the “sneak thief of vision,” refers to a medical condition that progressively causes damage to the optic nerve, potentially leading to a loss of vision in later years. For alumna Yuxi Zheng, this silent thief serves as a source of intrigue, adding...

Student aims to eliminate residual AIDS virus

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

January 22, 2016

For fourth-year biology student Sophia Zweig, a fascination with all things infectious is what led her to pursue involvement in research at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at Case Western Reserve University. The CFAR was founded in 1994 as a center to promote research on HIV, pathogenesis and...

CWRU researchers make strides in 2015 medical breakthroughs

Srivatsan Uchani, Staff Writer

January 15, 2016

Case Western Reserve University is known for its research, and in 2015, the school made many steps forward. Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine performed the first surgical treatment of coronary heart disease, the first genetic alteration of human cells in a laboratory...

Student researcher aims to rebuild body movement

Srivatsan Uchani, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2015

When fourth-year student Benjamin Nudelman found out in the summer of 2014 that he had been selected to participate in Case Western Reserve University’s research program, SOURCE, he was elated. “I was really excited,” said Nudelman. “[SOURCE] is a really prestigious program, and I knew that...

Third year student studies human motility in Kenya

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2015

For over a month during the summer, third-year student Diane Bernardoni had a diet composed entirely of rice, beans, noodles, bread and various other starches. She was without cellphone reception and regular access to water, in the deep interior of Kenya near Lake Turkana. Her fascination with hominids—all...

Student studies the formation of fibrosis

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2015

Third-year student Nikhil Mallipeddi spends between 10 and 15 hours each week reading, discussing, theorizing and experimenting in a laboratory off a third floor hallway in Millis Science Center at Case Western Reserve University. Mallipeddi is currently working with Principal Investigator and associate...

Cancer research helps a student find her path

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2015

Some students come to college with a definitive career plan. Others take time and make changes as they see fit. Third-year Rachel Capinpin was in the latter category until she discovered her affinity for laboratory research this past summer. Capinpin, who assists with research at the Case Comprehensive...

Student studies genetic causes of colon cancer

Fourth-year student Erina Quinn played on the tennis team for three years in addition to doing cancer research and other extra-curriculars.

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2015

As someone who has never particularly enjoyed laboratory courses, fourth-year student Erina Quinn was not expecting to enjoy spending additional hours in a laboratory setting during her free time. However when Quinn joined a laboratory the summer after her first year at Case Western Reserve University,...

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