March 22, 2018

Leading the Green Charge: PhD Student Ellen Garcia Introduces Lab Sustainability Program to Campus

Laboratory waste isn’t the first thing you think of when considering scientific research. Yet, research laboratories generate approximately 5.5 million tons of waste per year, according to a 2016 Nature article.

March 15, 2018

Epigenomic Tool Breakthrough Has Implications for Identifying Disease Processes

Through a collaboration with Virginia Tech chemical engineering experts, Biocomplexity Institute researcher Hehuang "David" Xie has helped simplify the way scientists will identify the epigenetic roots of disease.

March 15, 2018

New Study Targets Effects of Social Media on Collective Action

Research assistant professor Gizem Korkmaz developed the Common Knowledge and Social Networks project to understand how social media influences participation in risky collective action. It is the first time the Biocomplexity Institute has received funding from the Minerva Research Initiative. 

March 08, 2018

Countries Get Heads Up About Leafminer Invasion Thanks to Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech researchers have created a modeling system that tracks the tomato leafminer along trade routes, enabling warnings to be issued for the first time to countries bracing for invasion by the pest that threatens tomato crops worldwide.

February 13, 2018

Simulating a Safer Future: Biocomplexity Institute Tools Featured on WIRED

WIRED takes a deep dive into how the Department of Defense is using Biocomplexity Institute simulations: projecting the behavior of survivors in the 36 hours post-disaster to form emergency response strategies they hope will bring the best possible outcomes out of a worst-case scenario.

January 30, 2018

From A-bombs to Zika: Guiding Government Planning for Major Disasters

What would happen if a nuclear device were detonated in downtown Washington, D.C.? Biocomplexity Institute researchers have developed simulation systems to help the government prepare for "worst-case" scenarios, with support from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. 

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