Microbiologists Sylena Harper, Hannah Wilson, and Victoria Fitzpatrick, all recent 2020 WSU graduates, pose outside the soon-to-be-opened Global Animal Health Phase 2 building.
Standing by for a surge
If COVID-19 testing on the Palouse reaches surge capacity, it’s on three 2020 Coug graduates to step up and help meet the demand.
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Leonardo Orozco
Cannabis innovation scholarship awarded to WSU biochemistry student
Every time cannabis is consumed more than a hundred cannabinoids interact with the human body.
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Dori Borjesson
Giving women in veterinary medicine ‘true role models’
This morning, when Dori Borjesson walked into Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as dean, it was a first for women. Until today, no woman had ever led the college in its more than 120-year history.
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Jon Oatley, director of the Center for Reproductive Biology, pets a gene-edited pig. Photo by Luke Hollister '18.
WSU-inspired national gene-editing task force begins work
With the world’s population projected to reach ~10 billion in 30 years, scientists are working to use genetic technologies to address future food security problems.
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Study finds fatty acid that kills cancer cells
Researchers have demonstrated that a fatty acid called dihomogamma-linolenic acid, or DGLA, can kill human cancer cells.
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Jon Oatley
Gene-Editing in Animal Agriculture Task Force Established
Jon Oatley selected to serve on the APLU and the AAVMC Gene Editing Task Force.

The Scientists Taking Atomic-Level Pictures Of The Coronavirus
Even before the word “coronavirus” inserted itself into the nation’s vocabulary, a national group of scientists jumped into the effort to start revealing those protein structures, structures that hold the keys to vaccines and treatments.

WSU professors create virtual lab on cell development
Hundreds of Biology 107 students have taken part in a virtual laboratory exercise developed by two WSU professors in collaboration with the Allen Institute for Cell Science.
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The Fleischauer family visits the Adair lab: Matt (left), Kristin, Dr. Adair, Mark, Kari and Mason.
SMB Alumna Jen Adair Garners Fred Hutch Gene Therapy Chair
Congratulations to SMB alumna Dr. Jen Adair for garnering a distinguished chair at the Fred Hutch and speaking to the annual AAAS meeting in Seattle this weekend. Dr. Adair completed her doctoral training in Genetics and Cell Biology in 2005
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Dr. Dori Borjesson named dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Dori Borjesson, chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as the new dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
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BPAs May Be Far More Prevalent in Humans Than Previously Thought.
A new study finds that the tools used to screen for the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) in the human body may be vastly underestimating its prevalence.

BPA chemical levels in humans drastically underestimated, study finds
Analysis uses new method for evaluating exposure to bisphenol-A, which is found in plastics, canned goods and receipt paper
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WSU researcher wins large grant to study sex hormones’ effect on embryo fertilization
A Washington State University researcher will study the oviductal epithelium environment to learn more about poor success and inherent problems associated with assisted reproductive technologies (ART), which are used to treat infertility.
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Understanding immunity to improve health
Just a few short hours after illness-causing bacteria enter the human body, a sophisticated defense system goes to work. The immune system quickly recognizes the foreign invaders and sends a well-orchestrated, frontline defense.
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Study finds BPA levels in humans dramatically underestimated
Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher than previously assumed. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on Dec. 5, provides the first evidence that the measurements relied upon by regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are flawed, underestimating exposure levels by as much as 44 times.
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Alan Goodman, assistant professor of molecular biosciences at WSU, examines fruit flies under a microscope
Insulin can prevent mosquito-borne diseases
At WSU’s Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building, Alan Goodman, assistant professor of molecular biosciences at WSU, and other researchers have discovered a biological pathway that shows how exposure to insulin in mosquitoes inhibits viral replication.
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WSU study shows insulin can increase mosquitoes’ immunity to West Nile virus
A discovery by a Washington State University-led research team has the potential to inhibit the spread of West Nile virus as well as Zika and dengue viruses.
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Undergraduates land 14 Auvil, Carson research awards
The Office of Undergraduate Research at Washington State University has named 14 students as recipients of awards in support of their mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities for the 2019-20 academic year.
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School of Molecular Biosciences Celebrates Twenty Years
In August 1999, the Department of Biochemistry-Biophysics, Department of Microbiology and Program in Genetics and Cell Biology fused to form the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB). Faculty recognized that the differences in each discipline were harder to define and by joining they were in a key position to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations. Ten years later, SMB moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine to aggregate biomedical research on the WSU-Pullman campus and add to the extramural funding used to rate Veterinary Colleges. In two parts during August, SMB hosted esteemed alumni, held a poster competition and learned more about the impact SMB alumni were making in their respective areas ranging from international service, undergraduate teaching, technology start-ups and new reproductive technologies. In addition to welcoming new graduate students, SMB distributed awards to current graduate students, teaching assistants, teaching faculty and research faculty, celebrating their accomplishments in the past year. For more details about the SMB-20 Celebration, including the Agenda and celebration photos, visit: https://smb.wsu.edu/smb-events/2019-fall-conference/recap