Featured Research Stories

Recent articles from the science writers of Penn Today

Romance and race

Sociology Ph.D. candidate Olivia Hu is studying how people choose romantic partners across race lines, and how those relationships affect their understandings of social difference.

–Published 2024-02-22

New chip opens door to AI computing at light speed

A new silicon-photonic (SiPh) chip design from the lab of Nader Engheta, alongside Firooz Aflatouni, uses light waves, the fastest possible means of communication, rather than electricity, to perform mathematical computations.

–Published 2024-02-21

The YouTube algorithm isn’t radicalizing people

A new study from Annenberg School for Communication’s Computational Social Science Lab finds that the YouTube recommendation system is less influential on users’ political views than is commonly believed.

–Published 2024-02-20

‘Switchable’ bispecific antibodies pave way for safer cancer treatment

Immunotherapy utilizing an FDA-approved drug has enabled Penn researchers to develop a novel switchable bispecific T cell engager that mitigates negative outcomes of immunotherapy.

–Published 2024-02-20

Lessons from the 17th century ‘New Netherland’

Through study of the fur and wampum trade between the Lenape and Dutch in the 1600s, fourth-year history Ph.D. candidate Molly Leech is aiming to recenter Indigenous contributions to global trade.

–Published 2024-02-14

How Penn researchers are helping address group violence in Baltimore

The Crime and Justice Policy Lab has seen encouraging results from its work implementing a Group Violence Reduction Strategy in part of the city.

–Published 2024-02-12

Understanding chronic wasting disease in deer

A new collaborative study with Penn Vet researchers analyzed fecal samples to shed light on how the fatal disease impacts the gut microbiome in deer, providing a promising tool for disease surveillance.

–Published 2024-02-09

Once a spy satellite, now a telescope with an eye on the cosmos

Researchers from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences are part of a collaboration to develop Hubble’s wide-eyed cousin, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.

–Published 2024-02-06

Using fMRI, new vision study finds promising model for restoring cone function

School of Veterinary Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine researchers identified a retinal disease to evaluate the success of gene and cell replacement therapy.

–Published 2024-01-26

Targeted anti-smoking messages for LGBTQ+ young women

In an effort to understand how to reduce smoking among LGBQT+ young women, Professor Andy Tan and colleagues tested tailored anti-smoking campaigns.

–Published 2024-01-25

Two-and-a-half decades of research in Malawi

As the country’s life expectancy has risen, the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health has shifted its current and future research to aging.

–Published 2024-01-22

Palliative care study demonstrates scalable strategy to support hospitalized patients

The largest-ever study of palliative care shows “default orders” in electronic medical records nearly triples palliative care consultation rates for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, or kidney failure.

–Published 2024-01-18

Climate change and atmospheric dynamics unveil future weather extremes

A collaborative team of researchers led by Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences have found the interplay of natural systems and human-induced climate change are setting the stage for more frequent and severe weather events.

–Published 2024-01-18

In hot water: Coral resilience in the face of climate change

Over a decade, researchers from Penn studied coral species in Hawaii to better understand their adaptability to the effects of climate change.

–Published 2024-01-15

A molecular look at the mechanisms behind pigmentation variation

A new collaborative study offers a better understanding of genes and variants responsible for skin color, providing insights into human evolution and local adaptation.

–Published 2024-01-11

Dark Energy Survey uncovers clues to universe’s complexity

The decade-long effort reveals findings consistent with standard cosmological models, but open to more complex interpretations.

–Published 2024-01-08

Inclusive, ambitious research to meet the needs of a changing planet

Collaborative research communities supported by the Environmental Innovations Initiative are addressing issues related to climate action, stewardship of nature, and societal resilience.

–Published 2023-12-07

The evolution of adaptive immunity in cold-blooded vertebrates

New research from Penn Vet sheds light on the immune system’s evolution in cold-blooded species, with the potential to inform human medicine.

–Published 2023-12-04

Could a single shot heal heart disease?

Experts at Penn Medicine are researching novel treatments for heart disease, including CRISPR gene editing technology, CAR T technology, and mRNA injections.

–Published 2023-11-30

Climate, public health crises, and fertility

Letícia Marteleto, a social demographer new to Penn, does research at the intersection of fertility, Zika, COVID-19, climate conditions, urbanicity, and inequality.

–Published 2023-11-30

A peek into the future of visual data interpretation

Researchers from Penn have developed a framework for assessing generative AI’s efficacy at deciphering images.

–Published 2023-11-16

Creating mental space from alcohol triggers could help college students drink less frequently

A new study from the Annenberg School for Communication finds that prompting college students to take a step back when they encounter alcohol can reduce how often they drink.

–Published 2023-11-13

How the modern story of postwar anti-racism ignored the Global South

In his new book, science historian Sebastián Gil-Riaño explores the lives of scientists who shaped one of the first international efforts to combat racism—and then got left out of the story.

–Published 2023-11-10

Lipid nanoparticles that deliver mRNA to T cells hold promise for autoimmune diseases

A new platform to engineer adoptive cell therapies for specific autoimmune diseases has the potential to create therapies for allergies, organ transplants, and more.

–Published 2023-11-10

For pregnant people in states with most restrictive abortion policies, higher rates of cardiovascular complications

New research from Penn Medicine finds that states with tighter restraints on abortion may be tied to higher maternal morbidity and mortality, the effects of which may extend beyond pregnancy.

–Published 2023-11-09

Channeling resilience and passion toward a vision for the future

Between her third and fourth years at the Perelman School of Medicine, Fulbright Scholar Zonía Moore worked out of Hospital Manuel Gea González in Mexico City.

–Published 2023-11-06

Not one nor two: The philosophy of pregnancy

Fifth-year Ph.D. candidate Maja Sidzińska is working to fill a gap in philosophy of science scholarship about what individuality means.

–Published 2023-11-03

The economy and you

The latest episodes of the Wharton School’s faculty research podcast, ‘Ripple Effect,’ delve into the economics of the U.S. housing market, public policy, the possibility of recession, and the Federal Reserve.

–Published 2023-11-02

High levels of disadvantage affect ability amongst younger people

A new study from Penn LDI finds that structural inequities produce significant disparities in community health, and that addressing concentrated disadvantage could meaningfully improve health outcomes.

–Published 2023-10-31

The alchemy behind the diamond: Unearthing baseball’s beloved mud

Researchers at Penn are working on cracking the code behind Major League Baseball’s “Magic Mud.”

–Published 2023-10-30