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Curious about more ways LAS impacts human health? Check out some of the questions faculty are answering through their research in LAS departments.

Department of Chemistry

How can we use microfluidic technologies to detect and treat cancer and kidney disease better and faster? Robbyn Anand, Suresh Faculty Fellow, Carlyle G. Caldwell Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and associate professor of chemistry

Roy J. Carver Depatment of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

What happens at the molecular level when cancer cells develop immunity to chemotherapy peptic drugs? Amy Andreotti, University Professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology and Roy J. Carver Endowed Chair in Biochemistry

Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology

Can we change enzymes within the human body to slow down the aging process and correct metabolism?
Hua Bai, associate professor of genetics, development, and cell biology

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Can the use of specialized domestic violence courts reduce the occurrence of domestic violence?
Leana Bouffard, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Department of Statistics

How can statistics help us improve nutrition and diet recommendations for children and adults?
Alicia Carriquiry, Distinguished Professor of statistics

Department of Psychology

How does sleep affect our decision-making, personality, and social behavior?
Zlatan Krizan, professor of psychology

Department of Economics

What are the health impacts of economic well-being and active or passive leisure activities?
Peter Orazem, University Professor of economics

Department of Psychology

Which habit formation strategies can play a key role in the success of large-scale physical health initiatives?
Alison Phillips, associate professor of psychology

Department of Political Science

What are the largest motivating factors in the decision by adults age 65+ to move into a nursing home?
Mack Shelley, University Professor of political science

Department of Computer Science

Can artificial intelligence (AI) help your doctor get better results from a colonoscopy?
Wallapak Tavanapong, professor of computer science

Department of Music and Theatre

Can music play a role in health recovery?
Miriam Zach, Charles and Mary Sukup Endowed Artist in Organ and adjunct assistant professor of music