Innovation & Research

Carrie Leana
In a series of studies of workers ranging from nursing aides to truck drivers, business professor Carrie Leana found that the more employees worried about money, the worse their work performance—even if they earned middle-class salaries.
Sophia Choukas-Bradley and Vanitha Swaminathan
Psychologist Sophia Choukas-Bradley and brand strategist Vanitha Swaminathan say Instagram’s move this week to hide the number of likes on some posts in the U.S. could change how young adults feel about themselves and their peers.
A healthcare professional using a tablet
It can take 100 clicks for a doctor to order the right test and check a patient’s health history using a typical electronic health record. Yalini Senathirajah has designed a program that could reduce that digital burden and improve patient care.
Jeffrey Newman, with a monitor displaying two dimensional stars and galaxies
A new 5,000-eyed instrument is searching the skies for dark energy, and a star survey recently unveiled the smallest known black hole. Two teams in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are working to unravel the universe’s mysteries.
Garrett Coyan at the 2019 Pitt Innovation Challenge
To address the critical need for long-lasting heart valve replacements, a team of Pitt researchers created a mesh that harnesses the body’s own healing power.
A strawberry poison frog, color morph red, sits on a leaf in a forest
Animals that seek mates and fight rivals that resemble their parents could be setting the stage for the formation of a new species, research from Pitt biology graduate student Yusan Yang and associate professor Corinne Richards-Zawacki indicates.
The CyteSolutions Lens
Dry eye affects millions of Americans a year, but available treatments can require continuous application. A Pitt bioengineering student and an eye doctor with the School of Medicine make up part of a team that invented a more efficient and sustained treatment delivery method.
Stephen Wisniewski speaking at the Advanced Analytics Summit.
As Pitt's Advanced Analytics Summit returns this week for its second year, more than 30 academic institutions will gather to explore how to better use deep data in higher education.
The HIV Detective is a solution being developed for early, rapid diagnosis of HIV. The handheld testing platform would allow health care workers to gather a few drops of blood onto a sensor and provide results in one minute instead of the 24 hours currently required. This leap forward in testing is possible due to another recently developed Pitt technology — a THC breath test.
Screen of breathalyzer device reading THC Detected!
As states consider ways to introduce medical and/or recreational marijuana into their markets, they are also considering ways to detect intoxication and establish guidelines for safe use. A new device from an interdisciplinary team at Pitt could be a critical tool.