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Seeking Knowledge, Seeking Solutions

Our researchers are making discoveries that have the potential to increase knowledge about our world and lead to benefits to society.

University Research News

Hop to It: New look upends old concept of bacteria’s movement .

Bacteria have emerged as allies in the fights against pollution and disease. But harnessing that potential will require a strategy to control their behavior. Engineered bacteria can help clean up polluted aquifers, where they move through porous rocks and wet sediments to target and break down contaminants. Likewise, medical therapies use bacteria to detect illnesses like diabetes or cancer by moving through the soft gels and tissues of the body and alerting physicians to the presence of sugars or mutated cells.

Forensic engineering preserves art treasures by saving historic buildings .

Art such as frescos and mosaics are often inherent parts of the buildings that house them, making them vulnerable to the damage inevitably faced by aging structures. To save the works, researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego are using non-invasive technology to protect them, while preserving the buildings in which they stand. The work is part of a broader effort to analyze and protect two Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Baptistery di San Giovanni.

New campus-wide service will enhance access to research data .

With the goal of making the results of research and scholarship more accessible, Princeton will launch a new service to provide infrastructure and training to University researchers on how best to format and curate data in ways that facilitate long-term storage and discovery.  The Princeton Research Data Service, anticipated to be underway in fall 2019, will offer resources for the management of and access to data that support findings published in peer-reviewed venues.

External Partnerships

Princeton faculty members collaborate with colleagues throughout the world to carry out important, cutting-edge research and scholarship.

Celeste Nelson with Victor Varner and Mei Fong-Pang

Celeste Nelson (center), a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton, worked with a research team including Victor Varner and Mei Fong-Pang to examine how fluid pressure helps control the rate of development of embryonic lungs. 

Collaboration Is Key

It is through collaborations that Princeton's faculty transform laboratory research into real-world projects that can make a difference to society.

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Interdisciplinary Approach

Princeton researchers collaborate across academic fields and across the globe. The campus is home to numerous interdisciplinary research collaborations and centers.



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Facilities and Labs

From high-performance computing to electron microscopy, the University provides researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.