Research

New knowledge, new possibilities


Research conducted at Washington State University propels economic growth and solves critical problems facing our region and our world. Faculty scholars partner with private-sector corporations, startup firms, and agricultural enterprises to foster innovation and fuel prosperity.

WSU innovators include Fulbright Scholars, recipients of the National Science Foundation Career Award, and members of the National Academies—the nation's highest honor for scientific researchers. Their discoveries help us all enjoy richer, healthier, more rewarding lives.


 
Sleep loss and obesity
Do wakeful nights predispose us to becoming overweight?



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Sleep loss and obesity
 
Fuel Cell Technology
Fuel Cell Technology

By converting energy in liquid fuels to electricity, fuel cells could help satisfy our growing thirst for electrical power.

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Green from the Ground Up
Green from the Ground Up

To help the agricultural industry meet skyrocketing demand, researchers cultivate sustainable practices.


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Nuclear Ambition

The Innovators

Nuclear Ambition

Nuclear Ambition

Securing America and Our Energy Future


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September 10, 2009
 
Sustaining Our World

The Innovators

Sustaining Our World

Strategies for Tomorrow:

Re-engineering for a Sustainable Built Environment


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October 9, 2008
 
Fuel Cell Technology

By converting energy in liquid fuels to electricity, fuel cells could help satisfy our growing thirst for electrical power.

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Fuel Cell Technology
 
Colony Collapse Disorder

Scientists unravel the mystery behind disappearing bees, laying blame on a long list of coacting culprits.

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Colony Collapse Disorder
 
Stalking a killer bug
Stalking a killer bug

Aiming to stop E. coli infections at the source—cattle—scientists zero in on genetic differences that set five strains apart.

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Food-Processing Revolution
Food-Processing Revolution

New technology promises safer, higher quality preserved foods for consumers and a cleaner environment for processing plants.


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Smart Homes
Smart Homes

Electronically monitored homes could help the elderly stay independent longer.

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Harnessing Antimatter
Harnessing Antimatter

Physicists seek to trap and transport positrons, producing antimatter fuel for deep space travel.

 


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Stalking a killer bug

Aiming to stop E. coli infections at the source—cattle—scientists zero in on genetic differences that set five strains apart.

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Stalking a killer bug
 
Outsmarting Old Diseases

Some debilitating diseases have plagued livestock for thousands of years. But vaccines may soon give ranchers the upper hand.

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Outsmarting Old Diseases
 
Eat, Sleep, Stay Warm
Eat, Sleep, Stay Warm

What controls whether we sleep or stay awake, crave food or don't, and maintain body temperature or plunge into hypothermia?

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A Healthier Puget Sound
A Healthier Puget Sound

WSU is partnering with other agencies and citizens for a cleaner Puget Sound and the return of healthier ecosystems.


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Extreme Science

The Innovators

Extreme Science

Extreme Science:

Research innovations to address national security needs


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November 17, 2010
 
Fatigue and Performance
Fatigue and Performance

How well can you perform specific tasks when you’re tired? The Air Force seeks the answer to help ensure mission success.

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Eat, Sleep, Stay Warm

What controls whether we sleep or stay awake, crave food or don't, and maintain body temperature or plunge into hypothermia?

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Eat, Sleep, Stay Warm
 
Disease-Resistant Genes

What makes some crop varieties able to resist new forms of diseases longer than others? Genetic clues lead to the answer.

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Disease-Resistant Genes
 
Targeting Infectious Disease
Targeting Infectious Disease

How can we prevent disease-causing bacteria from spreading infection by entering cells in an animal's body?

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Celiac-Safe Wheat?
Celiac-Safe Wheat?

Celiac-compatible wheat varieties may be a welcome menu addition for those who can't tolerate gluten proteins in grains.

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Taking Materials to Extremes
Taking Materials to Extremes

Using shock waves and high pressure, researchers discover and develop materials with new physical and chemical properties.

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Radioactivity in Motion
Radioactivity in Motion

How does a radioactive isotope move in soil and water? Scientists examine radioactive particle migration at radio-contaminated sites.

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Targeting Infectious Disease

How can we prevent disease-causing bacteria from spreading infection by entering cells in an animal's body?

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Targeting Infectious Disease
 
Electricity from a Beet

Molecules from plants could be the key to a new generation of low-cost solar panels.

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Electricity from a Beet
 
Biofuels Strategy
Biofuels Strategy

What policies will best position the state of Washington for biofuel markets of the future?

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Shaping Conservation Policy
Shaping Conservation Policy

What motivates farmers to participate in conservation programs?

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Targeting Cancer
Targeting Cancer

Discoveries hold new promise for detection and targeted therapy for prostate and other cancers.

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How Plants Use Light
How Plants Use Light

By tinkering with genes that control plant responses to light, researchers hope to find new ways to boost crop yields.

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Biofuels Strategy

What policies will best position the state of Washington for biofuel markets of the future?

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Biofuels Strategy

Washington State University research spans four campuses, eleven colleges, 39 counties, scores of research centers, and hundreds of topics.

This sampler of profiles only hints at the greater volume of work conducted by each individual represented and by many colleagues whose names do not appear on this site. To learn more about WSU discoveries unfolding throughout the state, please contact the Office of Research.

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