Special Report: Drexel College of Medicine HIV/AIDS Research Update

Going Viral

_Going Viral

_Jeffrey Jacobson

Jeffrey Jacobson was among the first physicians to take on HIV/AIDS, and over the past 30 years, he had made defeating the disease his life’s work. As his most recent work has shown, he and his colleagues worldwide are getting very close to achieving precisely that.

_Protecting The Barrier

_Michael Nonnemacher

Thanks to significant strides in HIV research, treatments for the disease have proved to be wildly successful. But as HIV-positive individuals continue to live with the disease, scientists are posed with a new challenge—how HIV affects a now-aging population. Drexel researchers are at the forefront of finding answers and providing solutions.

_Double Whammy

_Vanessa Pirrone

About 30 percent of people worldwide—more than 10 million individuals—are not only infected with AIDS-causing HIV but also with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). That dual whammy takes its toll on the immune system and may accelerate the aging process in those patients, according to Vanessa Pirrone, a research instructor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

_Rats & ‘Senior Moments’

_Barry Waterhouse

Surprisingly, few animal models exist to study HIV infection or antiretroviral therapies on the aging brain. Barry Waterhouse, a professor in neurobiology and anatomy at Drexel, hopes to address that pressing concern through the development of a robust rat model.

_Cognitive Secrets

_Brian Wigdahl

The retrovirus that causes AIDS acts like a shape-shifting villain. As HIV replicates over time, random mutations take place in the viral genome—one of the hallmarks of the disease that makes containing and curing it such a challenge.

_Intricate Transmission

_Fred Krebs

Despite 30 years of study, male-to-female transmission of the virus that causes AIDS is not fully understood. Even less is known about infection risk within an aging population.


The Inevitably Rising Tide


Looking Beyond ‘Looks’


Brain Imaging


Into the Breach


Joining the Swarm


Slipping Behind


‘We Created Him’


In The Red


Type Specimens, Immortalized


Face Value


Race Against Time


Stacking Up


An Alzheimer’s Cure — with Fruit Flies


Player One


Evolution, Under the Microscope

_New Look at Food Safety

_Jennifer Quinlan

Drexel's Jennifer Quinlan is shedding light on an area of food safety research that has typically been underrepresented—and providing tools to combat unsafe practices.

_Focus on Focus

_Barry Waterhouse

Researchers in Drexel’s Waterhouse Laboratory are zeroing in understanding the role that norepinephrine and Ritalin play in sustaining mental focus.

_Preservation Starts with Algae

_Richard McCourt

Jillian Adair has a strong interest in the restoration and preservation of the natural ecosystems in the world.

_Prehistoric Swimmer

_Ted Daeschler

With the discovery of a new fish species, researchers get one step closer to understanding the Devonian Period.

_Mongolian Perspective

_Clyde Goulden

For the nomadic herders of Mongolia, there is no question as to whether global warming is occurring. They know it is—and see the impacts every single day.

_Robots on the High Seas

_M. Ani Hsieh

What if it were possible to predict where a message in a bottle was going to end up?

_Head Strong

_Eugene Hong

Using vibrotactile technology on a portable device, associate dean Eugene Hong believes he and researchers at Drexel could bring more understanding to the mysterious nature of concussions.

_The Age Factor

_Claudio Torres

Aging cells could be the key to understanding and treating Alzheimer's.

_On The Move

_Mimi Sheller

Joseph is a truck driver from Fonds-Parisien, Haiti, who has nine children. His family has lived by Lake Azuei for generations.

_HIV at the Molecular Level

Drexel researchers are developing a new method for HIV Detection, using “nanopores.”

_The Price of Caring

_Elizabeth Gonzalez

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive deterioration of the body’s neurologic systems, the medical community pours a lot of time and money into drug research in hopes of finding a cure or improving treatment methods.

_Soaking Up the Sun

_Masoud Soroush

Solar panels, like those commonly perched atop house roofs or in sun-drenched fields, quietly harvesting the sun’s radiant energy, are one of the standard-bearers of the green energy movement.

_Seeing Chocolate

_Jennifer Nasser

The brain’s pleasure response to tasting food can be measured through the eyes using a common, low-cost ophthalmological tool, according to a study just published in the journal Obesity.

_The Power of Light

_Don McEachron AND TEAM

Drexel researchers are working to solve a problem endemic to long-term care facilities: Exposure to endless ambient light.

_Flawed System

_Richard Frankel

Drexel’s Richard Frankel says a description of his research is hard to pin down. But his objective is crystal clear: to protect individuals—in particular, low-income individuals—whose rights have been violated at the hands of a large institution, corporation or government agency.

_Good Luck from a Bad Storm

_Tracy Quirk

Hurricane Sandy landed right on top of Dr. Tracy Quirk’s wetland monitoring stations – but it wasn’t all bad news.

_Skin-Deep Cardiac Care

_Steven Kutalek

Drexel scientists are among the first nationally to use a breakthrough treatment for patients at risk of cardiac arrest.

_Anatomy of Recollection

_Joshua Jacobs

Where does a "memory" actually come from? A team of researchers from Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering is trying to find out.

_Speeding Healing

_Jeffery Twiss

These new experimental manipulations have taken Drexel researchers a step closer to understanding how nerve cells are repaired at their farthest reaches after injury.

_Price Check

_Yanliu Huang

A LeBow College of Business study showed that mobile coupons may increase a shopper’s unplanned spending.


_Yury Gogotsi

A research team at Drexel recently engineered a supercapacitor system that can operate at very low temperatures—a development that could eventually eliminate the use of traditional batteries.

_Seeing Red

_Rajneesh Suri

Four researchers, including marketing professor Rajneesh Suri, found that men are quicker than women to interpret red prices on advertisements as bigger savings.

_Inside the Lyrics

_Donald Tibbs

If you listen to hip-hop music only to enjoy the beat, you’re missing out. But it’s not your fault, says Donald Tibbs, a law professor who specializes in race, crime and punishment.

_Monitoring the Delaware

_Roland Wall

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has been performing watershed and aquatic science research since the 1940s.


_Sean Goggins

When news breaks on Twitter, it’s easy to let 140 characters after 140 characters disappear into the depths of the constantly refreshing news feed.

_Rape Law Reform Failure

_Rose Corrigan

Debates about the term “legitimate rape” and whether a woman’s body can prevent rape permeated media coverage in 2012, shedding light on the fact that views about sexual assault victims continue to be outdated, biased and insensitive, and that victims still lack real rights and protections.

_What’s In It For Them?

_Eliezer Fich

CEOs of acquired firms are awarded merger bonuses in 25 percent of all deals, according to a LeBow College of Business researcher.

_What A Bore

_Yvonne Michael

Infestations of emerald ash borer beetles could be uniquely tied to cardio vascular and lower respiratory diseases in humans.

_Texting While Driving

_Maria Schultheis

Texting while driving is dangerous, practically everyone knows it, and a lot of people do it anyway.

_Home Safe

_Ann Klassen

School of Public Health faculty explored the connections among health, well-being and public housing in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

_A New Voice

_Ellen Staurowsky

Drexel's Ellen Staurowsky has spearheaded a blog focused solely on LGBT issues in sports.

_The Science of Stickiness

_Kaitlin Baudier

The Drexel study on Ponera, a genus of ants that possesses “sticky appendages,” could provide insight on potential applications outside of the insect kingdom.

_Cracking Alzheimer’s

_Daniel Marenda AND TEAM

With the help of the tiny, remarkable fruit fly, two Drexel researchers aim to speed up science’s understanding of a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans.