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Clarkson is a research institution. Looking for answers is part of our DNA. Finding answers will become part of yours.

Clarkson-Trudeau Biomedical Scholars

Since its founding in 1884, the Trudeau Institute has researched devastating diseases — like tuberculosis — and developed vaccines and treatments to prevent them from spreading.

The Institute paired its success in immunological research with Clarkson and our expertise in engineering, science and entrepreneurship. This partnership has already received a $35 million investment to conduct more research, develop new remedies and get them to the people who need them most.

Working together, Clarkson professors and Trudeau scientists are cultivating new treatments for tuberculosis, Lyme disease, cervical cancer and other threats to public health. A select group of students has joined these efforts at the world-renowned Trudeau facilities in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Student conducting research t Trudeau InstituteThese are the Clarkson-Trudeau Biomedical Scholars. You could be next.

Clarkson Trudeau Semester in Biomedical Sciences (the “Trudeau Semester”)

Learn multidisciplinary aspects of bioscience related to human health. This semester attracts students from Clarkson and other universities seeking a rigorous program that provides academic and professional experience in preparation for a medical career.

Leading Research

You have questions. Research yields answers. Conducted correctly, it can advance human understanding and quality of life. That’s our goal. Join us.

Recent research by undergraduate students in the Arts & Sciences:

The Understanding of Perfluorinated Compounds in Wastewater and the Activated Carbons (AC) that Absorb Them — sponsored by the Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities at Clarkson University
Emily Daniels
Dr. Thomas Holsen

Evidence shows human activity has resulted in the ubiquitous contamination of the environment with perfluorochemicals (PFCs). The purpose of this research is to assist in the development of a predictable and low-cost, in-situ treatment train for remediating PFC contaminated groundwater.

Professor Craig Woodworth working with a  studentEstrogen Activity in Stromal Cells of the Human Cervix — conducted with funding from the National Institutes of Health
Sufia Bakshi
Dr. Craig Woodworth

The low frequency of persisting infections suggests that HPV alone is not responsible for the cancerous phenotype of infected cells. It is thought that excess estrogen is a necessary co-factor. Data from this research could be used to treat cells with an estrogen receptor inhibitor as a possible treatment for HPV-infected cells.

Elucidating the Role of Lymphotoxin Signaling in the Suppression of Influenza Virus Replication — funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Lung Association and the Trudeau Institute
Bria Blakely
Dr. Cody Spencer, Dr. Alexei Tumanov and Dr. Sitaraman Krishnan

Lymphotoxin β receptor (LTβR) has been shown to play a critical role in protection against mucosal bacterial pathogens in the gut. Surprisingly, we found that inhibition of LTβR signaling confers protection against highly pathogenic H1N1 influenza virus infection. Our data suggest a relationship between lymphotoxin signaling in response to respiratory viral infection leading to increased pathology and death.

The Impact of Constitutional Employment Discrimination Provisions on Business Performance — conducted with funding from the Clarkson University Honors Program
Rebecca Baumel
Dr. Christina Xydias

This research focuses on the constitutional provisions that regulate or allow for workplace discrimination. In order to confirm or deny the impact of these provisions, information on international constitutions was collected. Further research will be conducted to determine any trend developing between government regulation and that nation’s business performance.

Inactivation of E.Coli in Water Using Direct-in-Liquid Electrical Discharge Plasma
Eugenia E. De Abreu, Katherine Slocum
Dr. Selma Thagard

Through the development of an energy-efficient and effective food-sterilization technology applicable to the liquid foods manufacturing sector, this work seeks to reduce food waste caused by microbial spoilage. Due to the chemical complexity of fruit juices, the first goal of the study was to assess the feasibility of using the technology developed at Clarkson for the sterilization of water.

Professor Boolean and Student Stephanie Grobe's research on gaitImpact of Cognitive Fatigue on Gait and Sway in Older Adults: Review
Gabriela Arita-Cueva, Stephanie Grobe
Dr. Ali Boolani

Changes in gait and sway observed due to cognitive fatigue could be detrimental to older adults because these changes are likely to increase the risk of falling.

Nano-Particle Ferrites for Antenna Miniaturization — conducted with financial support from Cobham Company and the National Science Foundation Center for Metamaterials
Kevin Cross
Dr. Richard Partch

The miniaturization of antennas has many applications. The experiments were carried out to produce ferrite patches and the antennas. The ferrites were created with respect to specific magnetic properties like relative permittivity and permeability. The higher these two properties are, the smaller the antenna can be.

The Role of Messaging in Patterns of Energy Usage Behavior—with funding from the National Science Foundation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Clarkson University
Lydia Fox
Dr. Stephen Bird and Dr. Susan Powers

Despite the negative impacts of wasteful energy use, it is difficult to change consumer behavior — particularly among those, like students, who do not directly pay for utilities. This research examines targeted messaging as a means to significantly reduce resource consumption. Preliminary results suggest this tactic can reduce energy use.

Determining the Optimal Peptide-Based Hydrogels That Can Prevent the Growth of Bacteria — conducted with support from the Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities at Clarkson University and Dr. He Dong’s research group
Brian Boateng
Dr. He Dong

Peptides (or compounds constructed by chains of amino acids) are effective at combating several types of harmful bacteria. However, peptides are not yet a widely accepted solution for inhibiting bacteria growth. We can conclude which compounds are most effective by observing peptide-hydrogels and their reactions to various types of bacteria.

Identification and Use of Hydromorphic Variables as Factors Affecting Wetland Biodiversity — supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation
Felix Grimberg
Dr. Tom A. Langen

While conservation agencies understand the importance of wetlands and wetland restoration for ecosystem services, it is unclear whether restored and natural wetlands operate in the same manner and provide comparable ecosystem value. Our research aims to determine which hydromorphic variables help explain wetland biodiversity presence in wetlands. This research will allow us to identify factors that determine optimal site selection for future restoration projects to maximize restored wetland health and value.

visser-researchOptimization of Ducted Wind Turbines
Hebron Yam, Steven McCauliff
Dr. Kenneth Visser

As the burning of fossil fuels causes increased environmental impacts, technology that captures energy from the wind continues to advance. Ducted Wind Turbines (DWTs) have design features capable of increasing the wind speed at the rotor and the overall power extracted from the wind. The goal of the project is to build a DWT prototype that will be tested at the Clarkson University wind-turbine test site. The prototype will minimize initial investment by decreasing the amount of construction materials. It can also maximize power output by optimizing duct geometry, thereby promoting public use of alternative energy.

Applications of Thiol-Ene Polymers in Shape Memory and Film Formation — conducted with support from Corning Corporation and the Clarkson University Honors Program
Dana Chapman
Dr. Devon Shipp

Thiol-ene “click” chemistry is highly efficient and has been used as a polymerization technique in recent decades for applications including shape memory and thin films on touch screens now in common use. To advance materials science and biomedical work, this research looks at synthesized particles suspended in water and how they may be manipulated to create a thin film through vacuum-heating, air-drying or modification of the reaction.

Fault Protection for Smart Grid
Luanna Siqueira
Dr. Tom Ortmeyer

Electric power transmission and distribution lines are the most vulnerable element in electric power systems. They are subject to short-circuit faults caused by external and internal factors. Protection systems detect faults or abnormal conditions to remove them quickly, but only the faulty element can be removed. This ensures greater continuity in the supply of electric power. This study considers two components of system protection engineering.

The Exploration of Family Quality of Life and Motor Disabilities in Early Childhood Development
Deja Shepherd
Rondalyn Whitney

Motor skills play an important role in a child’s physical, mental, and social well-being. Children with motor disabilities rely on their parents for social participation. Family quality of life (FQoL) is one measurement of how a family’s needs are met when raising a child with a disability.

This review looks at Go Baby Go as a potential intervention that can increase a child’s mobility, thereby improving family quality of life.

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