Research and Biotechnology

Spotlight on Research

Featured Research at WesternU 

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Dr. Michel Baudry and his lab recently published the following manuscripts:

Baudry M. Did Proust predict the existence of episodic memory? Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 2020 Feb 19;171:107191. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2020.107191. [Epub ahead of print]

Su, W., Zhou, Q., Wang, Y., Chishti, A., Li, Q.Q., Dayal, S., Shiehzadegan, S., Cheng, A., Moore, C., Bi, X. and Baudry, M. Deletion of the Capn1 gene results in alterations in signaling pathways related to Alzheimer’s disease, protein quality control and synaptic plasticity in mouse brain. Front. Genet. 11:334. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2020.00334v


Thierra K. Nalley, PhD, of COMP, was part of an international team that recently published a paper in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The study experimentally tested the relationship between bony morphology and intervertebral ranges of motion in the cervical spine across of a sample of primate species, including humans. The results do not support a strong relationship between vertebral morphology and joint ranges of motion, which has important implications for reconstructing axial mobility in fossil specimens.

Grider‐Potter, N., Nalley, T.K., Thompson, N.E., Goto, R. and Nakano, Y., 2020. Influences of passive intervertebral range of motion on cervical vertebral form. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24044


CGN Professor Diana Lithgow, PhD, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, published the following: Barron, M.L, Lithgow, D., Wade, G., & Mueller-Luckey , G. (2020) Measuring fertility health knowledge in university students: Development and testing of a survey tool. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 28(1), 43-59.


Congratulations to Drs. Preshita Desai and Sunil Prabhu and their lab members and collaborators on their recent accomplishments.

Desai P, Thakkar A, Ann D, Wang J, Prabhu S. Loratadine self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDS) in combination with sulforaphane for the synergistic chemoprevention of pancreatic cancer. Drug Delivery and Translational Research. 2019;9(3):641-51. doi: 10.1007/s13346-019-00619-0. Link to Article

This article won a $500 award for best in vitro paper from the Controlled Release Society to be presented at their annual meeting in June.

Desai P, Wang KZ, Ann D, Wang J, Prabhu S. Efficacy and Pharmacokinetic Considerations of Loratadine Nanoformulations and its Combinations for Pancreatic Cancer Chemoprevention. Pharmaceutical Research. 2020;37(2):21. doi: 10.1007/s11095-019-2737-x. Link to Article

Please also explore each of the nine colleges’ home pages. Each has a link to their research page.

Here is a list of faculty researchers (in pdf) and searchable database of faculty, by topic of expertise.

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