Meet our discoverers
Gabe Zentner and Michael Wade, IU Bloomington Department of Biology: Wade and Zentner are exploring the use of the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to save lives and crops. But could it also be used someday to create "designer babies" or wipe out every mosquito on Earth? Learn more.
Lisa Pratt, IU Boomington Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: Could life exist on other planets? It's hard to know for certain because it’s really hard to go to space! So scientists like Pratt are exploring those other places on Earth that mimic the extreme conditions on other planets to determine whether life could be possible on Mars. Did we mention Pratt is also NASA's "Planetary Protection Officer?" Learn more.
Filippo Menczer, IU Bloomington School of Informatics: In this technological age, how does misinformation spread? Who shares these messages? How do you track false information as it ricochets throughout a social network? Filippo and others are building tools to answer these questions. Learn more.
Burcin Ekser, Ping Li and Lester Smith, IU School of Medicine-Indianapolis: To treat the failure of some organs such as the liver, heart and lungs, getting a new organ transplanted into your body is often the only option. However, there’s a shortage of organ donors, and in the United States, 20 people die each day waiting on an organ transplant. But what if we could print the organs that we needed? Scientists at IUPUI are looking into just that.
Transportation Active Safety Institute, IUPUI: Autonomous vehicles are the future, but are we ready for them? IUPUI researchers have studied crash-prevention technologies and are working to ensure any driver-less cars will be safe for occupants. Learn more.