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We make headlines with the research we do. The University of Dayton is No. 1 among Catholic universities in sponsored scientific research, and our research volume has more than doubled in the last decade.

UD researcher wins national recognition

Dayton Daily News, January 2018

Amit Singh's NIH grant will use the fruit fly eye model to determine how genes regulate the process of transforming a single layer of cells into a three-dimensional organ.

UD biologist wins $440K NIH grant

Dayton Business Journal, January 2018

A University of Dayton biologist has won a $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his study on eye health. 

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Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Tsonis: A Man for all Seasons

Developmental Biology, August 2017

The journal Developmental Biology pays tribute to Panagiotis (Takis) Tsonis.

‘Cancer Research’ Cover

April 2017

Madhuri Kango-Singh's research into ways to identify and possibly treat an aggressive form of brain cancer was part of a study published in the prestigious journal Cancer Research.


Young newts regenerate their limbs differently than adults

March 2016

Dr. Panagiotis Tsonis has collaborated with researchers in Japan to discover significant differences in limb regeneration between adult and young larval newts. (PDF)

Center of Excellence Presentation

November 2010

The TREND Center is honored as a center of excellence among universities in Ohio.

TREND Report

November 2010

An assessment of TREND Center's models of research:

  • Learn from the classical models
  • Coax stem cells to differentiate at will
  • Use scaffolds to create tissues or organs
  • A combination of all fields will provide solutions

Newt sequencing may set back efforts to regrow human limbs

February 2013

Research in genetic analysis of newts now suggests that it evolved much more recently than commonly thought. Much of this research was conducted at the University of Dayton.

"Holy Grail" of Tissue Repair

June 2012

A University of Dayton bioengineering lab has advanced the search for the "holy grail" of tissue repair with a new design of carbon-based scaffolds that promote faster healing and offer greater function of injured tissue. 

The Mighty Fruit Fly

February 2012

As a high school student in Columbus, Ohio, Andrew Steffensmeier volunteered in a nursing home, where he witnessed the toll of Alzheimer's on the elderly. Next week, the sophomore University of Dayton pre-med major travels to Chicago to present scientific findings about cell death in the eye of a fruit fly. The research, conducted under the guidance of assistant professor of biology Amit Singh, may hold the secret to early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's.

Social Networks in our DNA

January 2012

Sharing on social networks has become a part of everyday life — and it may even be part of our DNA, according to a University of Dayton biologist. The National Science Foundation this month awarded University of Dayton biology assistant professor Thomas Williams a three-year, $450,000 grant to study networks of genes and how these "social networks" evolve by establishing, changing or losing connections between them.

Spotlight on STEM Women: Carissa Krane

December 2011

Dr. Krane has published over 20 peer-reviewed research articles in top-ranked journals in her field. She has presented her research at both national and international conferences, in addition to 20+ invited seminars.

Read the WSU Leader article (www) >>

UD, WSU Study on Treefrogs May Aid Humans

November 2011

Some treefrogs can freeze themselves to survive winter months, and researchers at the University of Dayton and Wright State University hope to hone in on that ability to use on human organs for transplant. 

Read the Dayton Business Journal article (www) >>

Lens Crafters

August 2011

New knowledge about the regenerative powers of newts is overturning 250 years of conventional scientific wisdom and may one day lead to unlocking a similar capacity in humans. 

Read the UD Quickly article (www) >>

"Is it Safe?"

December 2011

A University of Dayton biologist and materials engineer are taking a two-pronged approach to understanding the harmful effects of microscopic particles increasingly found in common products such as socks, sunscreen, cosmetics, surgical scalpels, tires and lithium batteries.

"Frozen Alive"

November 2011

A frog with a remarkable ability to survive freezing temperatures may hold the key to giving human organs scheduled for transplant a longer shelf life. A team of University of Dayton and Wright State University researchers has developed an innovative method for understanding how Cope's gray treefrogs freeze themselves to survive the winter.

"Ageless Regeneration"

July 2011

Scientists have been wrong for 250 years about a fundamental aspect of tissue regeneration, according to a University of Dayton biologist who says his recent discovery is good news for humans.

"Fighting Repeat Cataracts"

June 2011

Researchers in the University of Dayton's Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton (TREND) have taken another step in preventing repeated cataract surgeries. Secondary cataracts are major complications of cataract surgery, according to research published in the Journal of Molecular Vision. After the cataract is removed, some cataract-inducing cells remain in the material that holds the artificial lens in place. In many cases, these cells grow and cloud the artificial lens.

"Eye of a Fruit Fly"

October 2011

A tiny fruit fly's retina may hold the key to understanding the cause of the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to a newly published study by researchers at the University of Dayton and the University of Florida.

"Cinderella of Modern Genetics"

August 2010

A University of Dayton biologist has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to study the genetics of fruit flies in an effort to gain a greater understanding of how birth defects happen in eyes. Amit Singh will use the $218,250 two-year grant to "help unravel the genetic underpinnings" that are responsible for pediatric blindness, retinal diseases and other eye defects.

"TREND, a Center of Excellence"

March 2010

The State of Ohio has once again named the University of Dayton as an Ohio Center of Excellence, this time in the field of biomedicine and health care. The University's Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton (TREND) received the designation for its focus on understanding how damaged tissues and organs regenerate and how to harness this phenomenon to engineer or regrow new tissues. 

"Generating a Buzz about Regeneration"

August 2009

A University of Dayton biologist has linked natural regeneration in the newt with recent discoveries about stem cells in humans, attracting national attention for his pursuit of the key to one of nature's mysteries: regrowing damaged tissue.