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Introduction to our laboratory

I’m a member of the Biology department and the program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dickinson College.  I’m also affiliated with the Environmental Studies Department and have held…

1 for 10 Million: Alzheimer’s disease modifiable risk factors

Delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease could prevent 10 million new cases by 2050. Some of our lab’s recent research focuses on plant natural products that seem to…

Got Kelp?

Some early work on new substances from ocean seaweeds and terrestrial plants, and their potential to inhibit aggregation of amyloid peptides.  Congrats to the new graduates VT and…

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Dr. Dale Bredesen, Alzheimer’s researcher, visits Dickinson College

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Dale Bredesen, Alzheimer’s researcher and best-selling author, at Dickinson College. If you missed his lecture, you can watch it here:…

Coral Documentary Draws “Standing-Room Only” Crowd: Support Conservation of Our Ocean Medicine Cabinet

Coral Documentary Draws “Standing-Room Only” Crowd.  Thanks to everyone who made our event possible, including Richard Vevers (CEO of The Ocean Agency and Zara-Louise Cowan (Marine Scientist at…

A report from the 8th Congress on Polyphenols & Health

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 8th International Congress on Polyphenols and Health in Quebec City, Canada.  This year more than 300 researchers met here to…

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Twenty-first century climate change and SAV in the Chesapeake Bay

What does the future hold for the Chesapeake Bay?  We attempted to address part of this question in our new article. Twenty-first century climate change and submerged aquatic…

New Approaches to Fighting Alzheimer’s

The following article was inspired by the Institute for Function Medicine’s 2017 Annual Conference “The Dynamic Brain”.  The aim is to help family, friends, and caregivers of those…

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Ocean acidification weakens seagrass defenses

Photograph © David Liittschwager / National Geographic Stock. Chesapeake Bay, USA / Island of Vulcano, Italy.  The world’s oceans absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and slow the pace of…

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Coastal acidification is like beer….

One of our goals is to communicate the difference between “ocean acidification”, a relatively steady drop in ocean pH caused by carbon dioxide absorption form the atmosphere, and…