E. Coli often presents itself in the urinary tract.

Artistic representation of E. coli and the urinary tract. Image: Baliga Diagnostics

E. coli is commonly thought of as a gut bug, but many times it presents itself in the urinary tract. Now, NAU and TGen researchers are studying how the germ gets there.Paul Keim,... more
New patent for flu test
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) have been awarded a patent for a test that can detect—and assist in the treatment of—the... more
Ionic liquids could help fight skin infections

Illustration of bacteria encapsulated in a biofilm in the skin. (Credit: Peter Allen, UCSB)

Nearly 80 percent of human skin infections can be traced to harmful bacteria huddled beneath a biofilm, a protective layer formed by microorganisms that acts as a shield and makes... more
Rice field

Research links rice agriculture to global warming through methane production. Photo: International Rice Research Institute.

This article is part of a series that  features new research centers and institutes at Northern Arizona University. These research hubs foster cutting-edge research and/or... more
NAU Professor Teki Sankey with drone

Assistant Research Professor Temuulen “Teki” Sankey holds a fully-functional miniature version of her custom-engineered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The full-sized drone measures six feet across and is equipped with both a hyperspectral camera and a lidar scanner for high-resolution imaging. Photo: Monica Saaty, NAU IDEA Lab.

For remote sensing ecologist Temuulen “Teki” Sankey, the acquisition of a low-flying unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) brings high-tech, high-resolution imaging closer to home.Using... more

News Briefs

NAU Regents' Professor Paul Beier

Dr. Paul Beier is a highly respected expert on conservation biology and wildlife ecology.

According to the 2014 Living Planet Report by the World Wildlife Fund, 52 percent of the world's wildlife populations have disappeared since 1970. This loss of biodiversity globally happens at even... read more
Permafrost is receding faster than it has in the past.

Arctic permafrost. Photo: climatestate.com

The Arctic and Antarctic are the only places on Earth where permafrost is found. Some scientists believe this frozen ground is disappearing because of climate change. "We believe that over long... read more
New test for Determining Type of Bats in Caves

Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Kartchner Caverns State Park in Cochise County, Arizona.

Because bats disperse seeds, pollinate plants, and control insect populations, officials regularly consider bats when making decisions that could affect habitats.  Two NAU scientists—Postdoctoral... read more

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Student Research

Loving kindness meditation can change the brain

Dr. Larry Stevens congratulates Amanda Garcia. (Photo: Monica Saaty, IDEA Lab)

Even before they begin their undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University (NAU), some students are getting the opportunity to participate in a research internship under the Research... read more

Faces of Research

John Georgas joined the faculty of Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2008 when he realized that a university with an even balance of research and teaching “proved to be very hard to find. NAU is unique in that sense,” he said, adding, “I am always surrounded by very smart colleagues and students. It’s a great working environment, with a diversity of... read more

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