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.
Demystifying marshland birds
Researchers from the Center for Conservation Biology are studying the unique community of birds in the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding mid-Atlantic coast. The project is the first to estimate population sizes supported by regional marshlands.
Siblings and criminal behavior
In a new study, Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., and a team of researchers examined the social transmission of violent behaviors and found that if a sibling commits a violent criminal act, a younger sibling is more likely than an older sibling to follow in the perpetrator’s footsteps.
Bringing history back to life
Sometimes research opportunities are literally underfoot. In his history courses, Ryan Smith, Ph.D., has students pick a gravestone in a local cemetery; research the person’s life via census records, newspaper archives, and other documents; and produce a podcast – publicly available – telling the person’s story.