Portrait of Karina Javalkar.

Kids’ Chronic Care

Imagine taking five or ten medications a day—before you even graduate high school. An undergrad researcher helps young adults transition to managing their own care.
Portrait of Andrea Azcarate-Peril in the lab.

Another Breastfeeding Benefit

Gut bacteria reveal that exclusively breastfed babies are better equipped for the transition to solids.
Photo of Elizabeth Shank in the lab, examining a petri dish.

The Bugs in Your Drugs

When it comes to fighting disease, bacteria do it better.
Photo of four undergraduate students examining oysters.

Can We Have Our Oysters and Eat Them, Too?

Undergraduate researchers study whether harvesting oysters helps or hurts coastal ecosystems.
Photo of Hans Paerl and Ph.D. student Joey Crosswell posing in the lab.

What’s Hiding in Our Coastal Waters?

Marine science researchers at UNC have found that estuaries generate natural defenses against the effects of global warming—until a hurricane hits.
Photo of Anna Atencio smoothing out a sediment core sample on to two long trays in the Rodriguez lab.

A Lifelong Scientist Finds Her Calling at UNC

Anna Atencio wasn’t planning to come to Carolina—until she learned about the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program.
Portrait of Brian Strahl.

All the Cell’s a Stage

Brian Strahl and his band of biochemists unravel the complicated mysteries of the epigenetic code to find a culprit in cancer development.
Illustration of a clock on a blank background, showing a long shadow.


Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar discovers the mechanisms responsible for keeping our internal clocks in sync.
Photo of Moses Bility in the lab looking at a test tube.

Just Add Liver

A tale of viruses, stem cells, and global health
Photo of Flavio Frohlich looking at him computer as graduate student Michael Boyle attaches a head piece to graduate student Kristin Sellers.

Your Brain on Electricity

Something much subtler than ECT could be the new way to treat mental illness.
Photo of Spencer Smith working with the microscope that his lab created.

The Two-Photon Future

UNC neuroscientist Spencer Smith creates a new kind of microscope to study the brain like never before.
Photo of customers purchasing produce from a vendor at The Durham Farmers' Market.

The Root of the Problem

What is food insecurity? And why is it an issue in an agricultural state like North Carolina?