Research News

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Oakland University has been selected by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) to participate in a Master’s Career Path Exit Survey project, which is designed to expand our understanding of how master’s education across all fields prepares the STEM workforce.

Chiaoning Su
Friday, May 27, 2022

Oakland University has named Chiaoning Su as director of its Barry M. Klein Center for Culture and Globalization. 

Healthology 2022
Monday, May 02, 2022

Oakland University’s Healthology Symposium — “where science, practice and social interests meet” — will return next month to celebrate impactful research and collaborative approaches for addressing upstream social determinants of health, in achieving better downstream care.

Sigma Xi Lecture
Friday, April 22, 2022

The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society, celebrated the research achievements of students and faculty during its annual lecture and banquet on April 7 on OU’s campus. The lecture was given by David Good, an author, filmmaker and member of the Yanomami tribe, an isolated indigenous people who reside deep in the Amazon Rainforest across parts of southeastern Venezuela and western Brazil. 

OU Research Development team
Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Research Development team at Oakland University has decades of experience working with investigators across all disciplines to develop and refine their project ideas, identify appropriate funding sources, craft targeted proposals, and secure funding.

Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall
Thursday, April 07, 2022

The Research Office at Oakland University presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative during the Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall, which was held on Thursday, April 7. The awards were presented virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, March 18, 2022

GryphonHR, an OU INC client company specializing in human resource management and compliance, is being recognized as one of the best small businesses in Michigan. The company has been selected as the 2022 SmartZone Best Small Business Award recipient by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to honor and promote entrepreneurship across the state. 

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Oakland University biology researchers banded with scientists across the world to understand the relationship between  greenhouse gas emissions produced by ecosystems and environmental change. Their findings offer new methods and baseline information to follow changing ecosystems as the earth warms.

Tom Raffel and Jason Sckrabulis
Friday, February 18, 2022

Researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences have published a study that employs statistical models to analyze host-parasite relationships – in this case between tadpoles (hosts) and flatworms (parasites). The study, published in The American Naturalist, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed publications in ecology, evolution and behavior research, uses the Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) to describe the role temperature plays in that relationship. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A research study conducted by Oakland University and Beaumont Research Institute is providing new insights that could lead to more effective treatment in lung cancer patients. 

Ilias Cholis
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Oakland University Professor Ilias Cholis was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science in support of his research on dark matter, a form of matter that has never been detected absorbing, reflecting or emitting light and is, therefore, extremely hard to spot.

Puerto Rican Paso Fino
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Puerto Rican Paso Fino Caballo Cuentas Claras, ridden by René Concepción, on the grounds of El Morro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Hostos Gallardo)Researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences collaborated with researchers from the United States, Ukraine, Sweden and Belgium on a study examining the genetic ancestry of two horse breeds, the common Puerto Rican Non-Purebred and the Puerto Rican Paso Fino, a horse noted for its smooth, sure-footed gait. 

Pawley Lean Partnership
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Pawley Lean Institute has partnered with the Lean Learning Center as it pertains to the Lean Lab housed in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department (ISE) at Oakland University.The partnership includes a $60,000 pledge by the Lean Learning Center as part of the funding requirements for the Lean Lab.

Khalid Malik
Monday, January 10, 2022

Oakland University Professor Khalid Malik has been awarded $92,500 by the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Computing for his work on an Anti-Deep Fake technology and Deep Forgery Detector, which incorporates Deep Learning, Knowledge Graphs, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies to detect visual deepfakes, as well as voice cloning.

Oil Pipelines
Friday, December 10, 2021

Oakland University Professor Ngong Kodiah Beyeh is using his extensive knowledge of chemical compounds to keep crude oil pipelines from clogging. 

State of the University 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021

Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., delivered the 2021 State of the University Address on Thursday, Oct. 21 from the Founders Ballroom of the Oakland Center on the OU campus.

Picture a Scientist
Thursday, October 14, 2021

WISER (Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) at Oakland University will host an in-person screening of the documentary, “Picture a Scientist,” from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in Founders Ballroom C in the Oakland Center.

Student Cooper Hazel and mentor Timothy Hodge, Ph.D., doing research on a computer.
Friday, October 01, 2021

As a managerial economics student, Cooper Hazel, ECN '21, joined forces with Timothy Hodge, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, to study the economic and health impact of marijuana legalization. While the research will influence policy makers, Hazel’s experience reinforced his career and graduate school aspirations.

Ziming Yang Scialog Award
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Dr. Ziming Yang, an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at Oakland University, is among eight multidisciplinary teams of researchers selected to receive funding in the inaugural year of Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe, a new research initiative designed to bring the world closer to answering basic questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Sarah Denha
Thursday, September 09, 2021

Oakland University doctoral student Sarah Denha traveled to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts this summer to take part in a neurobiology course that introduced her to cutting-edge research techniques taught by leading experts in the field. 

Dr. Kenneth Mitton
Thursday, August 19, 2021

A generous three-year commitment from The Carls Foundation to the Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory (PRRL) of Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute will provide DNA-sequencing services to children and families impacted by three very rare, potentially-blinding genetic retinal conditions: Norrie Disease, FEVR (Familial Exudative Vitreo-Retinopathy) and Retinoschisis.

Pollinator Survey
Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Jamieson Biodiversity Lab at Oakland University, led by Biology Professor Mary Jamieson, is conducting pollinator surveys in Oakland County and Oakland Township parks and natural areas this summer to help evaluate how land management strategies are influencing plant and insect biodiversity.

Sayed Nassar
Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Oakland University is partnering with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on a collaborative research center designed to boost the United States’ leadership in engineering research and global competitiveness. 

Thomas Bianchette
Monday, June 28, 2021

Hurricane season is underway, and Oakland University Professor Thomas Bianchette has been busy studying the storms and the damage they can cause on coastal environments.

Resistance Training
Thursday, June 10, 2021

A group of Oakland University researchers used data from medical studies around the world to examine the impact of resistance training on type 2 diabetes risk. 

Human Health Building
Monday, May 24, 2021

Oakland University’s Human Health Building has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Best of Rochester Award in the category of science by the Rochester Award Program.

Jamaican Parrot
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Yellow-billed Jamaican Parrot at Hope Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica.As part of a wide-ranging conservation effort, a group of Oakland University researchers has been mapping the DNA of Amazon parrot species from the Caribbean. 

Dr. Xiangqun Zeng
Friday, April 02, 2021

The Research Office at Oakland University presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative during the Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall, which was held on Monday, March 29. The awards were presented virtually this year due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

Chaunda L. Scott
Friday, March 26, 2021

Minnesota’s Black Community in the 21st Century, a book co-edited by Oakland University Professor Chaunda L. Scott, has received the 2020 R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development, a global professional organization that encourages and highlights the systemic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices.

Autism Awareness
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Oakland University Center for Autism is offering a free virtual event series for Autism Awareness Month in April. The series will highlight various topics, including World Autism Day, jobs in the autism field, personal insights about living with autism, and autism research at OU. 

Mount Cook
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Oakland University Professor Scott Tiegs is a co-author on a new study that examines how glacier loss, driven by global warming, affects glacier-fed river ecosystems. The study was published March 15 in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

Ziming Yang
Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Dr. Ziming Yang, an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at Oakland University, has received a five-year, $600,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in support of his research on organic carbon and nitrogen transformations in hydrothermal systems.

Distinguished Professors 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Upon recommendation by the Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Britt Rios-Ellis, and with support of President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, the Oakland University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request to appoint David Garfinkle, Ph.D.; Zissimos Mourelatos, Ph.D.; and Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the formal February meeting. The appointment is effective August 15, 2021.

Taras Oleksyk
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Led by a group of Oakland University researchers, the largest study of genetic diversity in Ukraine has been published in the open science journal GigaScience. The study provides data on genetic variants associated with human health and describes historical factors that helped give rise to remarkable genetic variation in a part of the world that has been underrepresented in genome research. The project was an international effort that brought together researchers from Ukrainian institutions, headed by Uzhhorod National University, as well as institutions in the U.S. and China. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Professor Zexin (Marsha) Ma, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations, challenged her External Public Relations (PR3510) students this semester to take on two real-world projects.

Todd Shackelford
Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Todd Shackelford, distinguished professor and chair of Oakland University’s Department of Psychology, is editor of the newly published SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. This comprehensive, up-to-date reference text provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

To help protect campus from a COVID-19 outbreak, Oakland University is offering students, faculty and staff an advanced technology device called the BioButton, created by BioIntelliSense Inc. These wearable devices are now available to students, faculty and staff free of charge.

Oakland University teams with Aquasight to pilot a sewage surveillance program
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Oakland University has partnered with the Troy, Mich.-based firm Aquasight LLC to conduct a sewage surveillance program that can track the presence of infectious diseases like COVID-19 in wastewater.

Brain and Double Helix Graphic
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Adam Avery, an assistant professor of biochemistry, has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant to research gene mutations associated with Spinocerebellar Ataxia, a degenerative brain disorder that affects motor skills, including balance, coordination and speech. 

Mark Nevin
Monday, November 09, 2020

Mark Navin, Ph.D., professor and chair of philosophy at Oakland University, recently co-authored an article for Pediatrics — the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics — about the non-acceptance of vaccine refusers in primary care.

Literacy Equity
Thursday, October 29, 2020

A recent study led by Oakland University Professor Tanya Christ indicates that minority students’ reading comprehension improves when reading culturally relevant books whose characters, places and events align well with their own cultural and experiential backgrounds.

State of the University 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., delivered the 2020 State of the University Address virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29 from Meadow Brook Theatre on the OU campus.

Healthology 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020

Oakland University’s Healthology Symposium is going virtual this year and will focus on the creative solutions developed across different health sectors in response to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Julian Rrushi
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Julian RrushiJulian Rrushi has been awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to discover the physics of cyberspace, an emergent research area that could revolutionize the field of cybersecurity. 

Oakland University researchers acquire flow cytometry cell sorter with NSF grant
Friday, October 09, 2020

A grant from the National Science Foundation recently helped researchers at Oakland University acquire a flow cytometry cell sorter, a scientific instrument which will allow for hands-on collaborative research in the areas of amphibian biology, plant genomics, and stem cell biology.

PI Academy 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Oakland University’s PI Academy, which trains early-career faculty in the key aspects of becoming a nationally recognized researcher and scholar and then pairs them with prestigious scholars from across the nation, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luis Villa-Diaz
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oakland University Professor Luis Villa-Diaz has been awarded a $550,178 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on stem cell biology and the potential use of stem cells in regenerative medicine.

Tonya Allen & Bobby Schostak
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

At its formal meeting on August 3, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Tonya Allen as chair and Robert (Bobby) Schostak as vice chair of the Board.