Researchers in Lab


The College of Sciences is a top research enterprise that tackles and overcomes the world’s toughest challenges. We work with leading partners and use cutting-edge technologies to solve the most difficult problems and answer the deepest intellectual questions.

Harnessing Convergence, Promoting Discovery

Phil Castellano in his lab on Centennial CampusMuch of our research focuses on convergence science — people from different fields coming together to tackle big problems in areas of health, energy, security and the environment. We’re also making great strides in discovery science that confronts the greatest intellectual questions of our time.

400 active research projects

The college is among the most research-intensive units at NC State, with 400 active research projects and $50 million in annual research expenditures.

Improving Human Health

Maintaining health rather than reacting to illness. Giving patients individualized care, right when they need it. These revolutionary approaches to health care harness the college’s strengths in the quantitative biosciences — a re-integration of the subdisciplines of biology with the added power of mathematics, chemistry, physics and other sciences.

Lab Results

Safer Baby Bottles

Heather Patisaul’s research on BPA helped convince the federal government to ban the chemical from baby bottles. Patisaul, a biologist, spreads the word about her research through media interviews, visits to museums and schools, and even testifying before Congress.

Sounding the alarm on BPA

The Future of Life on a Changing Planet

As the planet changes, life is changing with it. Desertification, sea-level rise and more powerful hurricanes are not just climate events, they affect where we live, what we buy and how we eat. Our researchers are developing more precise predictors of these complex Earth systems and projecting how the changing composition of life will affect human health, food production and other parts of society.

Professor Semazzi

Weather and World Health

Fred Semazzi leads an international initiative to pair the latest climate research with real economic-development planning in the Lake Victoria region of East Africa. These efforts make him one of the most important researchers in the world at the intersection of climate and policy.

Preparing East Africa for a Population Surge

Discoveries That Change Everything

The double helix. The theory of relativity. Certain discoveries are so revolutionary that they upend traditional ways of thinking about our world. We’ve created a fertile environment for our researchers to make these kinds of disruptive discoveries that change everything.

More Efficient Solar Energy

Some research is so transcendent that it spawns new ways of thinking about a problem. NC State physicist Harald Ade works to increase the efficiency with which solar cells can convert sunlight to usable electric power. He helped discover an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. The modification can increase solar cell efficiency more than 30 percent.

Building a More Energy-Efficient Future

Data-Driven Science

NC State is a big-data powerhouse with long-held strengths in statistics and mathematics. Now we’re leveraging the power of big data — data sets that are massive in size and complexity — to develop more customized approaches to health care, improve national security and learn more about how pollutants affect our bodies.

Marie Davidean

Personalized Cancer Treatment

Statistician Marie Davidian collaborates with researchers at other Triangle universities on an important National Cancer Institute-funded project developing new statistical approaches to personalized cancer medicine. The long-term goal of such work is to identify the right treatment for the right patient at the right time.

Wielding Big Data as a Force for Good