Category Archives: Medicine

Small connections, big implications

In most research, there’s no such thing as “minor details” or “the small stuff.” This is especially true for Xiaolan Yao, Ph.D. Her research team makes and uses three-dimensional models of proteins, and for those models to be accurate, every atom counts. She and her team — currently two graduate students and two undergraduates — … Continue reading Small connections, big implications

Unlocking the genetics of disease

In the world of genetics and molecular research, scientists are exploring a phenomenon of gene functions they call the double-edged sword. On the one hand, a particular gene is shown to have a destructive effect, leading to disease in the human body. On the other, that same gene protects the body from other illnesses. For … Continue reading Unlocking the genetics of disease

Spotlight Q&A with William Gutheil, Ph.D.

What are you currently working on? My current research is on bacterial cell-wall biosynthesis, which is the target of many of our most effective antibacterial agents – such as penicillin. My background was in the areas of enzymology and bio-organic chemistry. I started my research career by looking for an area of high biomedical significance … Continue reading Spotlight Q&A with William Gutheil, Ph.D.

New Frontiers in Vision Research

Peter Koulen, Ph.D., director of basic research at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Vision Research Center, likens the gradual progression of eye disease to wearing a pair of old shoes. You don’t realize just how bad they have become until you put on a new pair. Just as shoes wear out over time, many of … Continue reading New Frontiers in Vision Research

Fewer needles, no tubes

Amy Johnson, who has type 1 diabetes, has already benefitted from research. But if an invention from the UMKC School of Pharmacy can make the leap from lab to real life, Johnson will benefit even more. The 2014 UMKC graduate is currently tethered to the latest-greatest insulin-delivery system: a pager-sized pump connected through a tube … Continue reading Fewer needles, no tubes