We are changing lives.
Virginia Commonwealth University faculty and students make a daily habit of producing high-impact collaborative and interdisciplinary research. By translating our discoveries into real-life applications, we make the world a better place for all of us.
Whether developing promising treatments to cure blood cancers or restoring the population of the prehistoric Atlantic sturgeon to Virginia waters, our faculty and students aim to make a real, measurable difference.
Understanding aging lungs
Interdisciplinary collaborators from the School of Engineering and Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are studying how lung cells respond to the mechanical forces of breathing, with the end goal of helping doctors safely ventilate an elderly patient without causing injury.
Bringing back the sturgeon
You can tell Matt Balazik’s dedication to his work by the tattoo of the Atlantic sturgeon on his right arm. As he works to restore this ancient fish species to Virginia, the VCU postdoctoral student also hopes to help others understand how their actions influence the health of the James River.
A new take on Civil War music
Allen Wittig used an undergraduate grant program to produce a piece of original music honoring an important, if sensitive, part of Richmond’s history. As he researched music of the Civil War era, the 57-year-old undergraduate put into practice arranging, composing and orchestrating techniques learned in the classroom.