Ask Bruce Bartholow about his current research projects, and the associate professor of psychology at MU will likely direct your attention to the large whiteboard mounted on his office wall. Crowded with names of collaborators and topics ranging from alcohol and race bias to video games and aggression, this board reveals the breadth of Bartholow’s research.
Ever since Inniss came to MU as an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, he has kept remarkably busy on various research projects involving water quality and safety.
Marc Johnson began his research career studying a rabies-like virus in fish. In search of collaboration and community, Johnson switched from fish viruses to those of humans. Since then, the assistant professor in MU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology has dedicated his research efforts to the study of HIV and related human viruses, hoping this work will lead to new therapeutics to combat the disease.
Brush in hand, Lampo Leong carefully dips the pointed tip into a small pool of jet black ink. He quickly moves the ink-laden brush towards the dry rice-paper on the table, a thin, tan sheet held down at the edges by paperweights. A brief pause, and then Leong dashes the brush to the paper, the tip and side jumping and dancing across the sheet with intense, determined movements. As the brush reaches the end of the paper, Leong steps back, sets it down, and clasps his hands together. “This is cursive Chinese calligraphy,” he explains.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of infantile death and the leading genetic killer of children under the age of two. As an associate professor in MU’s Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Christian Lorson has dedicated his life’s research to the study of this devastating disease in hopes of someday developing therapies to replace the diseased gene with a ‘healthy” one.
Few people see much in common between candy and cocaine, aside from their identical first letter. Not so for Matt Will, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Will’s current research equates our cravings for fatty, high calorie foods with serious drug abuse.