Inventor Spotlight - MSU Innovation Center

Dr. Dong Zhao: Working to Make Older Buildings Greener

Dr. Dong Zhao’s research at Michigan State University is working to generate optimal solutions to make cities more sustainable and user-friendly.  Zhao is an assistant professor of construction management in MSU’s school of Planning, Design, and Construction. His research is focused on the human-building integration that considers occupants, technologies, and environments in the creation of … Continued


Ask the Expert: How to make our roads safer

“Ask the Expert” articles provide information and insights from MSU scientists, researchers, and scholars about national and global issues, complex research, and general-interest subjects based on their areas of academic expertise and study. They may feature historical information, background, and research findings or offer tips. Michigan State University’s Peter Savolainen is always thinking about how to … Continued


Inventor Spotlight: Dr. M. Emin Kutay

Michigan roads are in need of repair, and Dr. M. Emin Kutay is looking for the solution with his research in pavement technology. Kutay, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, researches ways to enhance pavement technology to extend the durability and longevity of roads. He and his team have developed a … Continued


Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Muhammad Rabnawaz

  Dr. Muhammad Rabnawaz is making the world a greener place through his research in paper at Michigan State University. Rabnawaz, assistant professor in the School of Packaging and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry, is researching and developing smarter and more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. He recently developed of a new kind of paper. … Continued


Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez

  Dr. Cecilia Martinez-Gomez is harnessing the power of bacteria to improve plant growth. Martinez-Gomez, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, began studying genetics and metabolism while earning her Ph.D. “I find it extremely engaging and exciting that based on data, we can generate testable models to either rebut … Continued


MSU researcher develops database to help cancer research

  MSU is developing a large genomic database to assist in cancer immunotherapy research. Dr. Bin Chen, assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Departments of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Pharmacology and Toxicology, is developing a database to help scientists discover new drugs to fight cancer. His lab, the Bin Chen lab at MSU, researches … Continued


Innovator Spotlight: Dr. Guowei Wei

  Dr. Guowei Wei is developing artificial intelligence technology to make drug discovery faster and more affordable. AI is capable of massively transforming several industries like retail, consumer internet, financial services, and healthcare, but its potential for drug discovery is especially exciting. Unfortunately, a number of obstacles stand in the way of advancement, including the … Continued


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