Research News

Congratulations to a Nobel Prize winner

Joachim Frank, a faculty member at UAlbany from 1985 to 2008, shares the world's top prize in chemistry.

At Buffalo, researchers pioneer efforts in multi-robot systems

Category: As robots become more pervasive, computer scientists and engineers at UB are trying to anticipate problems and solve them ahead of time collaborative.

The algorithm that transformed bar code scanning

A look back at how a professor of computer science and his graduate students helped shape the bar code scanning industry.

Passionate pursuit of answers

Early career researcher Magdia De Jesus credits a wide variety of mentors for her success in science.

Understanding how climate change will impact storm tracks

Dr. Edmund Chang contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 report, which won the IPCC the Nobel Peace Prize.

Open wide and say ‘aha!’

SUNY Upstate urologist looks to patient’s mouths for help repairing urethral strictures.

Restoration of piping plovers happening on multiple fronts

ESF researchers find that predators, urbanization and high water are among challenges faced by the endangered shorebirds.

UB receives $4.5 million from SUNY to recruit top faculty

Three SUNY grants will be used to recruit leading faculty members in the areas of robotics, artificial intelligence, pharmacology and X-ray laser science.

Binghamton scientist probes addiction at the cellular level

Although still in its early stages, Yao-Ying Ma’s research has already revealed prenatal alcohol exposure effect on maturing synapses.

Codagenix vaccines fight disease from the genomes up

Biotech start-up is an offshoot of Dr. Eckard Wimmer’s groundbreaking research on the poliovirus.

The RNA Institute: A springboard for innovation

Harnessing the power of RNA for its therapeutic potential holds great promise to advance human disease research.

Binghamton professor recognized for energy research

Pioneering researcher M. Stanley Whittingham and his students are trying to solve one of the more bewildering mysteries of batteries.

A new blood test for neuro-developmental disorders

A SUNY researcher has made clinically available a blood test that is useful in the diagnosis and treatment of several pregnancy-related disorders.

Researchers collaborate to improve post-surgical outcomes

Multi-campus team has made enormous progress toward building an implantable sensor that can detect and treat infections.

SUNY expertise brings new business to New York

One of the first companies to come to New York under START-UP NY, MitoGenetics is exploring new ways to treat diabetes and other disorders.

UB’s microbiome hunters

The microbiome, poised to transform modern medicine is still largely a mystery. But researchers at UB are on the path to solving it.

Were Neanderthals a sub-species of modern humans?

New research led by SUNY Downstate indicates that the extinct group was a different species.

New Pre-Award and Compliance System eases administrative burdens

SUNYPACS will help researchers to more efficiently and effectively manage their grant activities and to be in compliance with their grant requirements.

Unlocking the mysteries of long-term memory

Changchi Hsieh expects to spend his career studying the enzyme PKM-zeta, AKA the memory molecule.

SUNY faculty conducts Nobel Prize–winning work on climate change

Four scientists from SBU’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Science made important contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

Pipeline to success

SUNY Downstate’s Emma Wallace continues her groundbreaking research into understanding the mechanisms of memory.

Understanding how Zika virus RNA works

Marissa Louis aims to map the Zika virus genome and probe how the shape of the viral RNA allows the virus to infect many different tissues.

Searching for roots in disease

An Upstate Medical University professor of medicine investigates retrovirus and other causes of disease in humans.

National Medal of Technology winner Esther Takeuchi aims to improve energy storage

SUNY Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi is one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers.

Researching the origins of Atlantic hurricanes

Improving early forecasts will give emergency management more time to prepare, potentially saving lives.

Monitoring mercury in Catskill lakes

Data and analysis by SUNY Oneonta graduate student Colleen Parker will be part of an important statewide report.

Incentive program helps doctoral students land their first NIH grants

Writing grants isn’t easy, which is why the RF and the University Faculty Senate launched the Graduate Student Research Proposal Incentive Program.

Early career researcher wins grants to push boundaries of data analysis

Within SUNY Poly’s young engineering program, Dr. Firas Khasawneh serves as an example and mentor to others.

Clinical trials treat epilepsy patients with medical marijuana

Two clinical trials at UB aim to discover whether a marijuana derivative can treat severe forms of epilepsy that don’t respond to other drugs.

Promoting participation in clinical trials

The University at Buffalo is working to remove a major bottleneck that delays moving drugs from discovery to FDA approval.

Undergraduate research experiences shape future goals

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, Sarah Georges aims to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in design and manufacturing.

Re-examining freedom

Alana Gunn’s social work research fights the stigma of serving prison time.

Fossil-hunting students flourish in New Mexico dig

Working alongside researchers from around the nation, a team of SUNY Oswego undergraduates assist with finds and learn best practices for paleontology research.

Intersection of philosophy and biomedical science

SUNY Distinguished Professor Barry Smith was named one of the 50 most influential philosophers.

Grant supports college's effort to protect rare moth, turtle habitat

Faculty mentored independent student research and work conducted by the ‘Wetlands Ecology’ class at SUNY Oswego provided the data needed to obtain the funding.

The beauty of mathematics

An NSF-funded program provides opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in mathematics.

Study to test light deprivation as treatment of amblyopia in adults

The brain becomes less malleable with age, making lazy eye nearly impossible to treat in adults using the conventional eye patching method.

Fashion Institute of Technology team wins Biodesign Challenge

Competing against top-tier colleges, FIT's team of students won the first BioDesign Challenge by creating a fiber out of algae and fungi.

Chemical analysis uncovers the secret lives of Amazonian fishes

Examinations of chemicals stored in fishes ear-stones reveal migratory routes and could establish a basis for conservation measures.

How our love affair with plastics affects our waterways and our food

Microplastics come in many forms, from many sources. SUNY students and researchers seek to learn if they are moving up the food chain.

ESF lists Top 10 New Species for 2016

New to science: a species on humans’ family tree, a brilliant red fish and a dainty damselfly with a racy name.

Rethinking depression

Binghamton researchers learn more by using eye-tracking studies.

Breakthrough in cybersecurity is no phish story

University at Buffalo researcher develops SCAM model to explain why people fall for spear phishing.

Upstate awarded nearly $200K for Zika virus research

The NSF-funded project will build on Anna Stewart Ibarra’s studies into the ecology of infectious diseases.

Focusing on RNA

UAlbany’s RNA Institute creates instruments, methods and materials to further basic research and drug discovery and diagnostics activities that target RNA.

Scientists discover a surprising central role for darks in brain visual maps

SUNY Optometry findings explain why visual acuity is commonly measured with dark characters on light backgrounds.

Millions of native orchids flourish at former mining waste site

ESF study suggests that several factors, including water and soil pH and a type of fungi, contribute to the number of thriving unique plant species at the site.

Belarus to Buffalo: Buffalo State researchers follow the science

Husband-wife research team is focused on the ecology and ecosystems of the Great Lakes and their tributaries.

3-D printing of skin starts at the scrap yard for Binghamton University researcher

When Kyle Reeser wants to upgrade the 3-D bioprinter he built, he does much of the work himself, from designing the part to finding the necessary materials.

Discovery puts new Parkinson’s disease treatment within reach

University at Buffalo researchers have developed a way to ramp up the conversion of skin cells into dopamine neurons.

New method for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

This research is significant since it potentially offers a noninvasive way to differentiate Alzheimer’s from other forms of dementia.

SUNY Downstate researcher explores a new way to treat high cholesterol

Dr. Xian-Cheng Jiang’s approach could help the 300,000 patients around Downstate and tens of millions of people in America.

Engineering E. coli to produce new antibiotics

Using E. coli to build new varieties of erythromycin is especially important with antibiotic resistance on the rise.

Climate change redistributes global water resources

An ESF-led research project helps our understanding of the sources of rain and snow and how these precipitation patterns have changed.

Binghamton’s ES2 leads efforts to maximize data center efficiency

Scientists aim to reduce energy consumption by developing smart data centers that self-measure and self-regulate.

DOE looks to SUNY for energy innovation

Four grants totaling nearly $5.7 million enable faculty to conduct research on ways to improve energy efficiency and create cleaner energy systems.

NeuroMagic: the new wave in brain function studies

Magicians’ insights into human behavior provide rich material for quantitative investigation in the neuroscience lab.

Going deep: Novel microscopy helps researchers examine the ocean like never before

$800,000 grant supports SBU research uncovering the mysteries that help shape our global ecosystem and environment.

NIH funding recognizes SUNY excellence in biotechnology and bioinformatics

With two major awards, NIH placed UB and SBU at the forefont in the life-saving race for better treatments for life-threatening illnesses.

New study rings alarm for sugar maple in Adirondacks

Reasons for the decline of one of the most economically and ecologically important trees in the eastern United States and Canada are unclear.

Stony Brook-led team to evaluate racial differences in cancer biology

The research, supported by a $1.2M grant, combines the expertise of Stony Brook, SUNY Downstate, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.

Chimpanzees shed light on origins of human walking

Stony Brook-led research demonstrates how upper body motion contributed to walking proficiency in our early human ancestors.

National Research Administrator Day

A new commemorative day gives research administrators their due thanks.

Biochemist seeks new way to fight cancer

New strategy targets hedgehogs -- proteins that help govern how cells develop.

Study: Women hurt more by breakups but recover more fully

A new study by Binghamton graduate researcher Craig Morris reveals that different experiences boil down to biology.

Astronomers discover 854 ultra-dark galaxies

Led by Stony Brook's Jin Koda, PhD, the discovery surpasses the 2014 find by more than 800.

Study to examine light therapy as a treatment for insomnia

UB-led study tests the use of light-therapy glasses to see if the rays can trigger neurotransmitters in the brain and reset sleep cycles.

Virtual pancreatography research receives $1M from Marcus Foundation

Arie Kaufman, inventor of the 3D Virtual Colonoscopy, applies his technology to classifying pancreatic cysts.

Binghamton University engineer creates origami battery

Inexpensive paper batteries could one day power biosensors for use in remote locations.

Researchers identify subtype of lethal prostate cancer

Findings may aid in the development of drugs to suppress tumors or provide more precision in the treatment of aggressive cancers.

The Wild West of Physics

Research to bridge the gap between the study of “outer space” (stars and galaxies) and “inner space” (fundamental particles and forces).

Invasive Species

Sky lake provides SUNY New Paltz faculty and students with a living laboratory for studying the impact humans have had on the environment.

INC.ubator to help hatch student run businesses

SUNY Buffalo State students have a place on campus to gain support, hear from professional business owners, and collaborate.

Property crime down - If you don't count cyber crime, identity theft

UAlbany researchers say that the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting statistics don't tell the whole story about the US crime rate.

New technology tracks cell lineage to watch evolution at work

Stony Brook researcher says tool may help reveal underlying disease processes.

UAlbany researchers develop enhanced view of RNA

Public-private partnership with Becton, Dickinson and Company advances the RNA Institute’s vision.

UB team designs brick-hauling robot for construction sites

A UB team is developing a robot that can do the back-breaking work on construction sites, carrying heavy bricks up ladders and delivering them to workers.

Room for innovation

BU’s new Seymour Kunis Media Core, part research lab and part movie studio, has contributed to advances in information security and human-computer interaction.