Innovation

 

It's about seeing things differently and offering solutions.

University chemists and biologists are working on ways to detect bacteria and other toxins in the food we eat and the water we drink. Students are gaining hands-on biotechnology research experience from innovative faculty. The University is continually researching and finding ways to meet the environmental needs of today without compromising the future. These are a few ways CSU Stanislaus "walking the talk." in its effort to provide inventive solutions and research to benefit the science community and beyond.

Current research projects being conducted

  • Biological Sciences Associate Professor Dr. My Lo Thao experimenting with lactic acid bacteria in the hopes of making biodegradable plastics a more viable option -- where materials used in plastic products might be able to degrade in a month rather than months or years.
  • Dr. Thao and students are working with Salida Wastewater using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) methods to determine microorganism levels in water in the hopes of predicting when the water will go bad.
  • Biological Sciences Professor Dr. Patrick Kelly continues his award-winning work while contributing to the recovery of threatened and endangered species. Kelly, Coordinator and Director of the CSU Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program (ESRP), was a 2008 recipient of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Recovery Champion Award.
  • Chemistry Assistant Professor Dr. Scott Russell and students are developing methods to detect the toxin melamine in whole milk and baby formula. The applications of this research could lead to better and more efficient ways to keep milk products safer for consumption.
  • Dr. Russell and students are working with a model organism very similar to anthrax in the hopes of developing a faster method than current protocols being used to identify if a substance contains anthrax.
  • Biological Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Mark Grobner is working with students examining the effects of cigarette smoke on gene expression in mice. He is also studying the environmental influences on the early development and gene expression of amphibians.
  • Mathematics Assistant Professor Dr. Jung-Ha An is using complex math formulas to help determine what may lie beyond obstructions in medical imagery. The applications of this research could help save millions of dollars per year in re-imaging fees.
  • Biological Sciences Professor Janey Youngblom, a well-known DNA expert and genetic counselor, is continually researching ways help identify groups at risk for many common health problems.