ResearchNews

Category: Biosciences

10.13.2021

Researchers engineer hardier microbes to improve bioproduction of fuels, chemicals

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Busy, productive microbes use enzymes to break down leaves, stalks and other biomass and then convert that material into renewable fuels and chemicals. But some of those enzymes can’t function at the high temperatures or acidity that maintain low operating costs for fermentation processes. A research team led by Iowa State University’s Laura Jarboe will…

04.14.2021

Nadilia Gomez joins Iowa State as Digital and Precision Agriculture CTO

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Iowa State has filled its third and final chief technology officer position to support the State of Iowa’s ongoing Biobased-sciences economic growth initiative. Nadilia Gomez joins the university as the CTO for the Digital and Precision Agriculture research and innovation platform, bringing with her a valuable blend of industry, entrepreneurial and academic experience and insight….

01.22.2021

Iowa State Awards Research Seed Grants to Two Digital and Precision Agriculture Projects

University Continues Support of Commercially-Focused Research and Discovery Across Bioscience Platforms Key to Iowa Economic Growth

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Iowa State University, through the Office of the Vice President for Research, has awarded research seed grants to two Digital and Precision Agriculture-focused projects for the 2021 fiscal year. The seed grants – made possible through funding allocated by the Iowa Legislature – are part of Iowa State’s ongoing support of economic growth in Iowa…

11.11.2020

Michael Roof joins Iowa State as CTO for Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics biosciences platform

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Michael Roof has joined Iowa State University to serve as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics research and innovation platform, which supports the state of Iowa’s biosciences-based economic growth initiative. In his role as CTO, Roof will lead efforts to identify and accelerate development of new technologies and innovations with strong commercial…

10.30.2020

Iowa awards $2 million CARES Act grant to universities to study COVID-19 nanovaccine

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

A $2 million grant of federal CARES Act funding distributed by the state of Iowa will support university research of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. The project will build on previous research and existing patents by Iowa State University and University of Iowa researchers affiliated with the Nanovaccine Institute based at Iowa State. The fast-track project is…

10.29.2020

Iowa State’s C-CHANGE hosts virtual conference exploring a biogas value chain

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

More than 200 innovators, researchers, government officials, farmers and thought leaders from across North America joined in a lively discussion regarding the potential of renewable natural gas during the October 19, 2020, C-CHANGE Conference, “Why are we missing the boat on biogas?” This inaugural conference of Iowa State University’s Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally…

10.13.2020

Iowa State engineer aids $9 million project to manufacture biobased electronics

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers will use a new advanced manufacturing grant to develop technologies that use plant-based inks to print low-cost, biodegradable and recyclable electronics for sensors and batteries. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a five-year, $9.15 million grant to support the project and its team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of…

08.14.2020

OVPR Awards Bioscience Seed Grant to Further Canine Cancer Research

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

As part of continued efforts to cement Iowa as a national leader in bioscience initiatives, the Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research recently awarded a $34,000 Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics Industry Partnership Seed Grant to investigate the use of targeted cell therapies to treat canine cancers. Following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2017 identification…

01.21.2020

Iowa State University Awards Seed Grants Supporting Bioscience-Focused Research Initiatives

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Faster transfer of new discoveries and technologies from the university lab bench to the commercial marketplace is a linchpin for driving real economic growth for Iowa in the biosciences. Iowa State University is helping fuel this engine through bioscience-based research seed grants made possible by funding allocated by the Iowa Legislature. The Office of the…

10.25.2019

Sundeep Vani joins Iowa State University as Chief Technology Officer for Biobased Products

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

Sundeep Vani has joined Iowa State University to serve in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Biobased Products, part of the State of Iowa’s Biosciences-based economic growth initiative. In his role as CTO, Vani will serve as a conduit between research and industry. He will work closely with both the Biobased…