Health & behavior

MSU faculty and student researchers tackle some of the world’s most challenging human and animal health problems. Research draws on MSU expertise in public health, biomedical and comparative medical research, ecosystem and environmental management, and the multiple facets of a complex global food system.

Apr 30 2014

Detecting and remediating pollution is imperative, but developing processes and management tools to keep pollutants out of water to begin with will have a profound effect on water quality and quantity. MSU scientists are finding ways to turn waste water into a useful product, as well as creating computer models, robotic tracking devices, and other tools and technology for state officials and industry representatives responsible for water management.

MSU Faculty Expertise: Water policy and management

Apr 30 2014

MSU scientists are collaborating with local, state and federal government agencies to develop models to assess streams, lakes and wetlands. They're also tracking how pharmaceuticals and other chemical pollutants move through water and affect wildlife.

MSU Faculty Expertise: Water Treatment

Apr 30 2014

Center for Integrative Toxicology
The center builds on recognized research strengths in determining pollutants' effects on human and environmental health. With more than 50 affiliated faculty members distinguished in a wide range of scientific disciplines, the center offers an innovative and highly integrative environment for research, teaching, and graduate school education in toxicology.

Apr 29 2014

Developing detection technologies and tools capable of rapidly and economically identifying a broad spectrum of chemicals, microorganisms, pharmaceuticals, toxins and other harmful substances is critical for the health of society and the planet. MSU scientists are developing biosensors and DNA chips that can quickly and accurately test large volumes of water onsite, without the need to send samples to a lab.

MSU Faculty Expertise: Water Quality and Quantity

Apr 29 2014

Michigan State University scientists are at the forefront of water research, leveraging the knowledge from a diverse range of disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, microbiology, fisheries, crop and soil sciences, molecular genetics, geology, medicine, zoology, sociology. These scientists work collaboratively across campus and around the globe to find the best solutions to water challenges and develop new technologies to ensure a safe, secure and plentiful supply of water for all users.

Mar 18 2014

Managers who carefully monitor the fairness of workplace decisions make their employees happier and, ultimately, their companies more productive. But they may be wearing down their own emotional and mental resilience, according to new research by a Michigan State University business management professor.

Michigan State University’s Robert Abramovitch has genetically engineered a green-glowing protein to find latent tuberculosis, a tiny triumph that promises to have a big impact in the fight against one of the world’s deadliest diseases. 

Feb 19 2014

In an effort to spur new approaches to research in autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, Michigan State University (MSU) has awarded funding for six new, multi-disciplinary projects.

The funding will support MSU-led teams of researchers from several universities and clinical settings who are studying a wide variety of related issues, from investigations of perinatal risk factors for cognitive disorders to evaluations of the effectiveness of employment preparation for those with high-functioning autism.

Nov 18 2013

Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), held two information and discussion sessions with Michigan State University faculty, staff, and students in November 2013.

Nov 13 2013

Suresh Mukherji clearly saw the future of medicine almost 30 years ago, when computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were still new – and much less sophisticated – technologies. “While I was still in medical school, I realized that if we could actually see images of diseases that would allow us to make more accurate diagnoses, rather than trying to essentially 'guess' a diagnosis.