Department of Biological Sciences

Shown is the augmented view of the Victory Bell on the Kent State University campus as it would have looked on May 1, 1970. Coinciding with the 50th commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970, Kent State University faculty members have received a grant for $175,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to launch an on-site augmented reality experience of May 4. The team includes Richard Ferdig, Ph.D., the primary investigator, along with Robert Clements,...

A free stock image depicting sperm approaching an egg for fertilization The first rubber condoms were manufactured in 1838. Along with abstinence, they would remain the only effective and widely available means of male contraception until the vasectomy became a common procedure in the mid 20th century. Since then all contraceptives have focused on the female reproductive tract, with...

Free stock image of a Breast Cancer Awareness walk An article published by Kent State University researchers in a high-impact journal may help to develop more effective drug treatments for one type of invasive breast cancer. Breast cancer affects nearly 250,000 Americans every year, killing more than 41,000, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some cancer...

Close up image of an Eastern Red Cedar branch with berries. (Photo by Sheila Brown, publicdomainpictures.net) The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $914,000 grant to Kent State University to lead a collaborative research project to study how and at what rate the geographically most widespread native conifer in the eastern United States, the Eastern Red Cedar tree species (Juniperus virginiana), spreads across the landscape. Originating...

Close up image of an Eastern Red Cedar branch with berries. (Photo by Sheila Brown, publicdomainpictures.net) The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $914,000 grant to Kent State University to lead a collaborative research project to study how and at what rate the geographically most widespread native conifer in the eastern United States, the Eastern Red Cedar tree species (Juniperus virginiana), spreads across the landscape. Originating...

Globe of Western Hemisphere, The Americas Being hunted by unseen predators isn’t the way most researchers conduct their work. But for some, it’s just part of the day. “The animals that most concerned me were the large cats, like jaguars and pumas, but also snakes and monkeys,” said Emmaleigh Given, Kent State University aquatic ecology graduate student. “The workers told me...

ASM undergrad fellow Gerbig and Dr. Smith test for Staphylococcus in the lab City rats are unlikely to be on anyone's list of favorite animals, but researching exactly how they are problematic for public health provided a unique opportunity this past summer for Gracen Gerbig, Kent State junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Ms. Gerbig's summer research was supported by an Undergraduate Research Fellowship award...

Kent State University researchers Elda and Torsten Hegmann pose with one of the sensors they created that detects toxic gases. The sensors can be made any shape or size and require no power to function. Many homes today include safety devices like smoke, radon and carbon monoxide detectors to warn us of threats our senses might not pick up in time. For those whose jobs regularly place them in harm’s way, though, advanced sensing technology is not as readily available.  Thanks to a rare Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry...

Kent State University researchers Elda and Torsten Hegmann pose with one of the sensors they created that detects toxic gases. The sensors can be made any shape or size and require no power to function. Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello recently shared her expertise on water quality and the impacts of road salt with local media. Check out her interview with WKYC in Cleveland. https://youtu.be/BbsIp87ceM4?fbclid=IwAR2SvERmfoviXydVxQfamE3TGD5AbhuD0JDS88nLXWGBHDJ7Fx-V1ok21qY If you want to learn more about Dr. Kinsman-Costello's research, visit...

Dave Costello, Ph.D., (left), assistant professor in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Devan Mathie (right), an undergraduate honors student, stand in Wahoo Ditch in Ravenna, Ohio. The work of 153 ecological researchers from 40 countries, including Kent State University Assistant Professor Dave Costello, Ph.D., from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, has revealed new findings on the effect of climatic factors on river-based ecosystems. The findings are published in the latest issue of...