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Research and Scholarship

Tulanians are committed to exploration, collaboration and innovation. We use the power of ideas to find our place in the world and discover new ways to improve it.

Walter Isaacson

In his class on biography-writing, Professor Walter Isaacson asked students to choose an influential person with archival material located in New Orleans as a subject for the semester. Now, under Isaacson’s mentorship, sophomore Political Science major HENRY WALTHER is writing a full-length biography of former New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu.

scan of the heart

In a new study, Tulane researchers GENEVIEVE SMITH, PhD, and GREG STEWART, MD, revealed that former National Football League players, particularly those with larger body sizes, have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure. The study is the first to examine how an athlete’s body type and training style influences changes in the shape of the heart years later.

Supporting Research and Scholarship at the Highest Level

Outbreak exhibit

Tulane's Outbreak exhibit illustrates the university's groundbreaking research and innovative solutions to deadly diseases. The exhibit is part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Outbreak project, which convenes global partners to raise awareness of the human, animal and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.

Sally Baker

School of Medicine MD/PhD graduate SALLY BAKER was poised to unite her passion for studying infectious diseases with the opportunity to showcase Tulane’s storied history. A member of the American Microbiological Society, she was instrumental in bringing Outbreak to the downtown campus. After twelve years and three degrees, Baker will move to Seattle to begin her internal medicine residency, as well as a fellowship in infectious disease. Take a video tour of the exhibit

Lisa Morici, PhD, and James McLachlan, PhD

Despite widespread vaccination, cases of whooping cough have spiked in the last decade due to limitations from the current vaccine. The National Institutes of Health awarded School of Medicine researchers Microbiologist LISA MORICI, PhD, and Immunologist JAMES MCLACHLAN, PhD, $8.5 million to use nanoparticles from bacteria to develop a more effective vaccine against the disease. Watch a video to learn more

Carolyn Bayer

A new study, led by CAROLYN BAYER, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, and a team of graduate students, discovered photoacoustic imaging may be used to detect breast, ovarian and other types of cancers. The noninvasive procedure, posing little to no risk to the fetus, will help detect preeclampsia in pregnancy before it becomes a life-threatening condition.

William Balee

WILLIAM BALÉE, anthropology professor, has spent a lifetime unraveling the secrets of the vast rainforests of the Amazon. The renowned expert in historical ecology was named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, enabling him to compile research for a book about how people and cultures have shaped the lush landscapes of the Amazon basin over centuries. Watch a video interview with Balée

John Verano

Tulane anthropology professor JOHN VERANO’s research into the world’s largest mass sacrifice of children and llamas in northern Peru garnered international headlines. Working alongside the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo since 2011, the team excavated and analyzed the ritualized killings of 269 children and 466 llamas.