Sept. 13, 2019After sequencing more than 400 different genomes of the West Nile Virus, an NAU scientist discovered the two reports of West Nile Virus in Coconino County came … Read more about Biologist: Two samples of West Nile in Coconino County came from different sources
In a concrete bunker set upon bedrock on the Northern Arizona University campus lies an instrument delicate enough to manipulate a single molecule.
The atomic force microscope in the basement of the new Science and Health Building will be used to test a hypothesis developed by Kiisa Nishikawa, Regents’ Professor of Biological Sciences, which could shift the foundation of our understanding of muscle movement.
Samrat Dutta, a post-doctoral scholar on Nishikawa’s team, has already been putting in time on the AFM.… Read more
Researchers slogging through a tangle of sensors, motors and algorithms face a challenging path, but it’s nothing like the terrain that must be crossed by someone walking with a prosthetic ankle.
Even with the most advanced designs, no step is simple—each laborious movement is fraught with the potential for a slip or a trip.
Now the Center for Bioengineering Innovation, under the direction… Read more
Derrick Stone fills a flannel shirt like a man who knows about hard work and an outdoor lifestyle. He speaks the way he tackles a job, straight up without much flourish.
That is, until he starts to tell you about his experience as a research subject in the Center for Bioengineering Innovation at Northern Arizona University.
In December 2008, Stone lost his lower right leg to a hunting accident. Ultimately, that didn’t slow him down as a ranch hand or… Read more
by Kiisa Nishikawa
Regents’ professor of biology, Northern Arizona University
Let’s begin with the obvious: Earning a $1 million award from the W. M. Keck Foundation is very exciting and prestigious. This award is a gateway to accelerate innovative discovery with tremendous impact.
This is a good opportunity, though, to be reminded of what it took to get here. During their site visit in March, program officers from the W. M. Keck Foundation told us the story of the… Read more
Devising a way to see something that has yet to be seen takes big ideas, teamwork and the support of those who understand the value of a calculated risk.
That confluence of forces has delivered a $1 million award from the W. M. Keck Foundation to a transdisciplinary research team at Northern Arizona University, which aims to transform current understanding about muscle contraction.
Led by Regents’ Professor Kiisa Nishikawa, a biologist, the group has been working for six years to… Read more
A small, secretive creature with unlikely qualifications for defying gravity may hold the answer to an entirely new way of getting off the ground.
Salamanders—or at least several species of the Plethodontidae family—can jump, and humans would like to know a lot more about it.
“This particular jump is unique in the world,” said graduate researcher Anthony Hessel. “That’s why I think a lot of people are finding this very interesting.”