WUSTL researchers among group awarded $20 million for climate variability research 

Saint Louis Public Radio, By Beth Miller, August 5, 2014

As part of a multi-institutional $20 million effort to help Missouri adapt to climate variability, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis will conduct several studies, including one that uses medical imaging on plants to see what’s broken or about to break inside…More: Link

New clues found to preventing lung transplant rejection

By Caroline Arbanas, February 25, 2014

Drugs that broadly suppress the immune system after lung transplantation inadvertently may encourage organ rejection, according to a new study in mice. Organ transplant patients routinely receive drugs that stop their immune systems from attacking newly implanted hearts, livers, kidneys or lungs, which the body sees as foreign. But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that broadly dampening the immune response, long considered crucial to transplant success, may encourage lung transplant rejection….More: Link


Nanothermometers light up in a desired temperature range

By American Chemical Society, Noteworthy Chemistry,  February 4, 2013

Medical thermometers precisely measure human body temperature, but they do not work on the sub-millimeter scale needed for procedures such as thermal tumor ablation. To tackle this challenge, M. Y. Berezin and colleagues at the St. Louis School of Medicine created thermally responsive, fluorescent nanocomposites… More: Link 


The Age of the Bloodstain

by Victoria Barton, Chemistry News Magazine, January 12, 2012

Despite various methods and progress in related bloodstain techniques, determining the age of a bloodstain at a crime scene is one of the greatest and oldest challenges in forensic science. Mikhail Berezin and co-workers, Washington University School of Medicine, USA, have developed a novel method to evaluate the age of a bloodstain in a crime scene within the first week… More:  Link

Amino acid residues give away bloodstain's age 

by Phillip Broadwith Chemistry World magazine, January 10, 2012

Scene of crime scientists might one day be able to use protein fluorescence to determine how old bloodstains are. Chemists in the US have developed a quick and simple way to find out how old bloodstains are using natural fluorescence measurements. Knowing when blood has been spilled can help forensic scientists pinpoint when a crime took place, but current techniques - such as optical measurements of haemoglobin degradation - can be unreliable…. More: Link