Research News

Picture a Scientist
Thursday, October 14, 2021

WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) at Oakland University will host an in-person screening of the documentary, “Picture a Scientist,” from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in Founders Ballroom C in the Oakland Center.

Student Cooper Hazel and mentor Timothy Hodge, Ph.D., doing research on a computer.
Friday, October 01, 2021

As a managerial economics student, Cooper Hazel, ECN '21, joined forces with Timothy Hodge, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, to study the economic and health impact of marijuana legalization. While the research will influence policy makers, Hazel’s experience reinforced his career and graduate school aspirations.

Ziming Yang Scialog Award
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Dr. Ziming Yang, an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at Oakland University, is among eight multidisciplinary teams of researchers selected to receive funding in the inaugural year of Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe, a new research initiative designed to bring the world closer to answering basic questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Sarah Denha
Thursday, September 09, 2021

Oakland University doctoral student Sarah Denha traveled to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts this summer to take part in a neurobiology course that introduced her to cutting-edge research techniques taught by leading experts in the field. 

Dr. Kenneth Mitton
Thursday, August 19, 2021

A generous three-year commitment from The Carls Foundation to the Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory (PRRL) of Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute will provide DNA-sequencing services to children and families impacted by three very rare, potentially-blinding genetic retinal conditions: Norrie Disease, FEVR (Familial Exudative Vitreo-Retinopathy) and Retinoschisis.

Pollinator Survey
Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Jamieson Biodiversity Lab at Oakland University, led by Biology Professor Mary Jamieson, is conducting pollinator surveys in Oakland County and Oakland Township parks and natural areas this summer to help evaluate how land management strategies are influencing plant and insect biodiversity.

Sayed Nassar
Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Oakland University is partnering with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on a collaborative research center designed to boost the United States’ leadership in engineering research and global competitiveness. 

Thomas Bianchette
Monday, June 28, 2021

Hurricane season is underway, and Oakland University Professor Thomas Bianchette has been busy studying the storms and the damage they can cause on coastal environments.

Resistance Training
Thursday, June 10, 2021

A group of Oakland University researchers used data from medical studies around the world to examine the impact of resistance training on type 2 diabetes risk. 

Human Health Building
Monday, May 24, 2021

Oakland University’s Human Health Building has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Best of Rochester Award in the category of science by the Rochester Award Program.

Jamaican Parrot
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Yellow-billed Jamaican Parrot at Hope Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica.As part of a wide-ranging conservation effort, a group of Oakland University researchers has been mapping the DNA of Amazon parrot species from the Caribbean. 

Dr. Xiangqun Zeng
Friday, April 02, 2021

The Research Office at Oakland University presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative during the Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall, which was held on Monday, March 29. The awards were presented virtually this year due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

Chaunda L. Scott
Friday, March 26, 2021

Minnesota’s Black Community in the 21st Century, a book co-edited by Oakland University Professor Chaunda L. Scott, has received the 2020 R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development, a global professional organization that encourages and highlights the systemic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices.

Autism Awareness
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Oakland University Center for Autism is offering a free virtual event series for Autism Awareness Month in April. The series will highlight various topics, including World Autism Day, jobs in the autism field, personal insights about living with autism, and autism research at OU. 

Mount Cook
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Oakland University Professor Scott Tiegs is a co-author on a new study that examines how glacier loss, driven by global warming, affects glacier-fed river ecosystems. The study was published March 15 in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

Ziming Yang
Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Dr. Ziming Yang, an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at Oakland University, has received a five-year, $600,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in support of his research on organic carbon and nitrogen transformations in hydrothermal systems.

Distinguished Professors 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Upon recommendation by the Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Britt Rios-Ellis, and with support of President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, the Oakland University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request to appoint David Garfinkle, Ph.D.; Zissimos Mourelatos, Ph.D.; and Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the formal February meeting. The appointment is effective August 15, 2021.

Taras Oleksyk
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Led by a group of Oakland University researchers, the largest study of genetic diversity in Ukraine has been published in the open science journal GigaScience. The study provides data on genetic variants associated with human health and describes historical factors that helped give rise to remarkable genetic variation in a part of the world that has been underrepresented in genome research. The project was an international effort that brought together researchers from Ukrainian institutions, headed by Uzhhorod National University, as well as institutions in the U.S. and China. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Professor Zexin (Marsha) Ma, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations, challenged her External Public Relations (PR3510) students this semester to take on two real-world projects.

Todd Shackelford
Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Todd Shackelford, distinguished professor and chair of Oakland University’s Department of Psychology, is editor of the newly published SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. This comprehensive, up-to-date reference text provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

To help protect campus from a COVID-19 outbreak, Oakland University is offering students, faculty and staff an advanced technology device called the BioButton, created by BioIntelliSense Inc. These wearable devices are now available to students, faculty and staff free of charge.

Oakland University teams with Aquasight to pilot a sewage surveillance program
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Oakland University has partnered with the Troy, Mich.-based firm Aquasight LLC to conduct a sewage surveillance program that can track the presence of infectious diseases like COVID-19 in wastewater.

Brain and Double Helix Graphic
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Adam Avery, an assistant professor of biochemistry, has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant to research gene mutations associated with Spinocerebellar Ataxia, a degenerative brain disorder that affects motor skills, including balance, coordination and speech. 

Mark Nevin
Monday, November 09, 2020

Mark Navin, Ph.D., professor and chair of philosophy at Oakland University, recently co-authored an article for Pediatrics — the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics — about the non-acceptance of vaccine refusers in primary care.

Literacy Equity
Thursday, October 29, 2020

A recent study led by Oakland University Professor Tanya Christ indicates that minority students’ reading comprehension improves when reading culturally relevant books whose characters, places and events align well with their own cultural and experiential backgrounds.

State of the University 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., delivered the 2020 State of the University Address virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29 from Meadow Brook Theatre on the OU campus.

Healthology 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020

Oakland University’s Healthology Symposium is going virtual this year and will focus on the creative solutions developed across different health sectors in response to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Julian Rrushi
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Julian RrushiJulian Rrushi has been awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to discover the physics of cyberspace, an emergent research area that could revolutionize the field of cybersecurity. 

Oakland University researchers acquire flow cytometry cell sorter with NSF grant
Friday, October 09, 2020

A grant from the National Science Foundation recently helped researchers at Oakland University acquire a flow cytometry cell sorter, a scientific instrument which will allow for hands-on collaborative research in the areas of amphibian biology, plant genomics, and stem cell biology.

PI Academy 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Oakland University’s PI Academy, which trains early-career faculty in the key aspects of becoming a nationally recognized researcher and scholar and then pairs them with prestigious scholars from across the nation, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luis Villa-Diaz
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oakland University Professor Luis Villa-Diaz has been awarded a $550,178 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on stem cell biology and the potential use of stem cells in regenerative medicine.

Tonya Allen & Bobby Schostak
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

At its formal meeting on August 3, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Tonya Allen as chair and Robert (Bobby) Schostak as vice chair of the Board.

Robert Van Til, OU ISE
Friday, June 19, 2020

Industrial and Systems Engineering is one of eight jobs that are projected to be great ones to target in the current economic climate, according to a recent article by U.S. News & World Report.

Linzi Hobbs
Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Oakland University graduate student Linzi Hobbs was recently awarded the prestigious ASH HONORS fellowship by the American Society of Hematology.

ISE Department’s Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Systems graduate class uses Machine Learning to model real world problems
Thursday, May 07, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people using delivery services for everything from food to medicine for the first time. At some point in the future, Autonomous Vehicles (AV) ranging from automobiles to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) might provide these services without drivers present which would further lower risk of contracting the deadly virus.Students in Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department course “Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles” are learning the latest technologies and business cases used across various industries that may play a key role in defining what a future with AV looks like.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, which is co-edited by Oakland University Psychology Professors Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd K. Shackelford, was recently published by Springer Nature.

Summer II Online
Thursday, April 30, 2020

In an ongoing effort to support the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland University is moving its Summer II classes online.

COVID-19 Research Study
Monday, April 13, 2020

A group of researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences is seeking public participation in a research study to identify COVID-19 symptoms and track the timeline of their development among the general population. 

OU students gain real-world experience in business as part of collaborative project
Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Last fall, more than 60 Oakland University students were able to gain real-world experience in business as part of a collaborative project involving OU’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric, OU INC client Herculeze Technologies, the OU Mobilization Zone and the Office of Research Administration.

Artishia Moore with dynamometer
Monday, April 06, 2020

What can a person’s grip strength reveal about their health?

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette
Monday, March 23, 2020

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University whose research could lead to a better understanding of how pathogens “set up shop” inside the human body, has been selected for an editorial spotlight in an upcoming issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM), a biweekly, peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Society for Microbiology.

Downtown Pontiac
Wednesday, March 04, 2020

A new $117,700 grant awarded to Oakland University will fund a feasibility study for a Small Business Support Center in downtown Pontiac. The project will evaluate how university, city, county and state resources can be integrated into a single entity to develop, sustain and promote non-technology companies including retail, restaurants, cleaning services and more. 

Oakland University selected to participate in Data Literacy Institute
Thursday, February 06, 2020

Oakland University has been selected to participate in a Data Literacy Institute project aimed at increasing the use of data to boost student success, including the number of graduates.

Wei Zhang
Thursday, January 23, 2020

A project that is part of a new scientific wave that could revolutionize the electronics industry has earned Dr. Wei Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Oakland University, the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.

Taras Oleksyk
Tuesday, January 07, 2020

For years, scientists around the world have been mapping out billions of DNA bases that make up the human genetic code. Human genomes have been mapped from DNA of populations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Western Europe. 

Sigma Xi conference 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Oakland University students continued to demonstrate their research excellence at the 2019 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, which took place November 14-17 in Madison, Wisconsin.This year, five students received superior presentation awards in diverse disciplines including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, and Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

Global Engagement stock photo
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Oakland University’s Office of Global Engagement was recently awarded a pair of grants from the U.S. Department of State that will deepen the university’s impact on teaching and research around the world. 

Humble Design
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Utilizing “Lean Thinking,” Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering students Monisha Vasudeva and Sagar Bajaj have been helping Humble Design — a nonprofit that furnishes homes for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness — improve their operations and optimize the space inside the organization’s warehouse in Pontiac, Mich.