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Research Spotlight

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Flying Snakes—How Do They Do It?

March 04, 2014

New research, titled “Lift and Wakes of Flying Snakes," appears March 4 in the journal Physics of Fluids. This work is the first to study the lift of a snake's cross-section computationally.


George Washington University Biologist Maps the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups

May 08, 2013

A George Washington University biologist and a team of researchers have created the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for every snake and lizard around the globe.


George Washington University Biologist Discovers New Dinosaur in China

May 03, 2013

Fossil remains found by a George Washington University biologist in northwestern China have been identified as a new species of small theropod, or meat-eating, dinosaur.

GW Professor Researching Ways to Improve Human Tissue Dissection, Reduce Blood Transfusions

March 26, 2013

A George Washington University researcher recently received a grant to study ways to cut human tissue more efficiently, an effort that could minimize the need for blood transfusions and other products for patients during surgery.

Alex Pyron

Sri Lankan Snake Study Reveals New Species, Rich Biodiversity in Island Country

March 12, 2013

Alex Pyron’s expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles.


University of Maryland, George Washington University and Virginia Tech Awarded $3.75M by NSF to Launch National Innovation Network Regional Node

February 21, 2013

Three top universities in the Mid-Atlantic region are teaming to tackle an enduring challenge: how to translate $60 billion in research funding into new products and companies that benefit society.


George Washington University Researchers Find Variation in Foot Strike Patterns in Predominantly Barefoot Runners

January 10, 2013

A recently published paper by two George Washington University researchers show that the running foot strike patterns vary among habitually barefoot people in Kenya due to speed and other factors such as running habits and the hardness of the ground. These results are counter to the belief that barefoot people prefer one specific style of running.

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Black Piranha, Megapiranha Have Most Powerful Bites of Fish Living or Extinct, Finds George Washington University Researcher

December 20, 2012

The black piranha and the extinct giant piranha, or megapiranha, have the most powerful bites of carnivorous fishes, living or extinct, once body size is taken into account, finds researchers in a paper recently published in Scientific Reports. The research paper, Mega-Bites: Extreme jaw forces of living and extinct piranhas, highlights the piranhas’ specialized jaw morphology, which allows them to attack and bite chunks out of much larger prey.

Prenatal Tests More Informative Using Microarray Technology Than Microscope Analysis, Find Two Researchers at George Washington University

December 06, 2012

A new method for detecting abnormalities in unborn children is providing physicians with more information to analyze the results than conventional, microscopic testing, according to two George Washington University researchers.


The George Washington University Receives Funding for Healthy Growth Research

December 04, 2012

George Washington University will receive over $2 million in grant funding through the Achieving Healthy Growth program within the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. This initiative was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to overcome persistent bottlenecks preventing the creation of new and better health solutions for the developing world.

Research Spotlight

Using light, “spark” cells (green) and automation, Entcheva’s lab speeds up the process of drug screening in heart cells (red) t

GW Researchers Use Light to Control Human Heart Cells and Expedite Development of New Drugs

May 10, 2016

The research is outlined in a paper which published in Nature Communications on Tuesday.

Researchers have described a new species of plant-eating dinosaur, Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, that stood on its hind feet an

Triceratops Gets A Cousin: Researchers Identify Another Horned Dinosaur Species

December 09, 2015

The findings were published in PLOS ONE on Dec. 9.