Professor Nathan Swenson: Eco-Curiosity that Drives a Career

Author: Lily Brouder

Nathan Swenson

From being a self-described “outdoorsy kid” to becoming a full-time researcher of forest biodiversity, Professor Nathan Swenson has dedicated his career to studying trees.  His transformative experience began as an undergraduate at St. Olaf College, when he took a month-long field course on desert ecology. “What was wonderful about that course was the field experience where we were asked as undergrads to come up with our own research questions and try and gather some rudimentary data to answer them,” the biologist said.  “That really led me to dive all in on ecology.” …

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Lu Receives Society for Basic Urologic Research Young Investigator Award

Author: Aviva Wulfsohn

Xin Lu Photo 2021

Dr. Xin Lu, the John M. and Mary Jo Bohler Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences was one of two scientists nationwide to receive the 2021 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR). SBUR, the pre-eminent US-based urologic research society founded in 1986, annually recognizes young investigators who are under the age of 45, within 5 years of their first faculty position and have made significant contributions to urologic research. Dr. Lu presented an acceptance speech and research seminar entitled "Prostate cancer and penile cancer: Similarity in immunosuppression…

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Local ND Student Featured on WTHR

Author: Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis

Kyle Mcavoy

One of our local ND students, Kyle McAvoy, was featured on WTHR last week! Kyle is a rising junior who has spent his summer preparing the Gennesaret Free Clinic's mobile clinic to serve the homeless of Indianapolis as part of the University's Summer Service Learning Program. The mobile clinic was forced to take a year off last year due to the pandemic, but will be providing free, patient-centered health care to a population that is often difficult to reach.…

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Our genes shape our gut bacteria, new research shows

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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In the study, published recently in Science, researchers discovered that most bacteria in the gut microbiome are heritable after looking at more than 16,000 gut microbiome profiles collected over 14 years from a long-studied population of baboons in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.

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