Each year, Princeton honors faculty inventors and their research teams who are developing technologies that have the potential to benefit society. Learn more about Princeton research and its applications in this video series.
Princeton faculty members and their research teams produce numerous high-quality studies each year. We've selected ten not-to-be-missed stories from 2015.
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study has played a foundational role in helping researchers understanding the capabilities and deficits of unmarried parents and the challenges faced by their children. The project, led by Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, has also proven important to researchers studying a wide range of related topics.
In a series of recent experiments, researchers in the lab of Celeste Nelson, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, have found that airway branching in the developing lung is regulated in part by the mechanical forces experienced by these embryonic tissues. This insight adds a previously unexpected mechanism to the standard theory that the airway branching pattern is controlled by a closed genetic program, hardwired in our DNA.
Professor of Chemistry Haw Yang is developing new technologies to allow scientists to remotely control individual nanoscale devices and the chemistry around them inside living cells.
Princeton University researchers developed an instrument that allowed them to capture among the first 3-D recordings of neural activity in nearly the entire brain of a free-moving animal, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The findings could provide scientists with a better understanding of how neurons coordinate action and perception in animals.