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Spring 2015

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.

difficile to beat

Battling a Deadly Bacterium

Biology major Emmanuel Fordjour examines ways to fight a dangerous infection 

Emmanuel Fordjour

Emmanuel Fordjour

Each year a bacterium called Clostridium difficile causes approximately 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the United States. When Emmanuel Fordjour heard those statistics as a sophomore at UTA, he asked biology Assistant Professor Julian Hurdle if he could help research ways to fight the dangerous disease.

Just two years later, Fordjour’s work with Dr. Hurdle has put him in an elite class. The double major in biology and microbiology was named a winner of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2014 Posters on the Hill competition and also received one of 15 United Negro College Fund Merck Science Research Fellowship Awards. The latter includes research internship opportunities with Merck and travel expenses to research conferences.

Fordjour says his research work in Hurdle’s lab has been one of the highlights of his undergraduate career: “He generously gave me this opportunity in research to grow not only as a science student but also as an individual.”

After he graduates in May, Fordjour plans to earn a combined M.D./Ph.D. so he can pursue a career as a physician, educator, and researcher.

“Someday, I hope to provide upcoming students and scientists the same opportunity Dr. Hurdle has provided me to define and further my academic career through research,” he says.

Photography by Justin Clemons

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