NSU is achieving results to further science

Research Spotlight

Appu Rathnavelu

Anti-Cancer Therapies

Appu Rathnavelu, Ph.D., Associate Dean at the College of Pharmacy at NSU and Executive Director of the Rumbaugh

Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research, is developing therapeutics to treat cancers. These drugs inhibit blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients through blood circulation to cancer tissues, shrinking and destroying the cancer tissues. After pre-clinical trials, these drugs could enter into clinical trials for breast, lung, prostate, ovarian and colorectal cancers.


Classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is making new discoveries that will advance science and may improve people's lives. One highlight of the growth and strength of our enterprise is the major building project that changed the landscape of our Oceanographic Center. The Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Facility, opening in 2012, is funded in part by a $15-million grant from the National Institute for Science and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The facility will be the premier facility in the nation dedicated to coral reef ecosystems research.

The university continues to expand its research vision with the addition of new faculty researchers, the implementation of policies designed to improve the research infrastructure at the university, and new academic and industry collaborations. Our researchers and their teams continue to welcome external partners who support their vision. By sharing ideas, pooling resources, and collaborating on findings that promote innovative research, Nova Southeastern University and its partners create real-world change for the benefit of the public.

Research Spotlight

Doctor with patient

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a debilitating immune disorder that affects more than one million Americans. NSU’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, led by NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine professor Nancy Klimas M.D., is advancing the needs of patients suffering from CFS/ME by studying these and other neuroinflammatory disorders.

Areas of Research

Nova Southeastern University’s scientists are engaged in exciting interdisciplinary research projects to make discoveries and produce new knowledge in healthcare, biotechnology, life sciences, environment and social sciences. NSU faculty are using more than $76 million in externally provided funding to work on projects that advance the university’s mission of research, academic excellence and public service. They are working on more than 205 basic, applied and clinical research projects to improve patient care, make new drug discoveries, reduce mental health disorders, and examine the forces that impact our oceans. In the fall of 2012 NSU opened the Center for Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Facility at its Oceanographic Center. Funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, America’s largest coral reef research center will be solely dedicated to coral reef ecosystem research.

Areas of Research

Research Spotlight

Peter Murray

Stem Cells

Peter E. Murray, BSc (Hons), Ph.D., is a Pathologist, Professor, and the Director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Murray’s research focuses on using stem cells from patients to regenerate teeth, gum, bone, and other tissues that a patient might need because of trauma or disease.

Research and Technology Transfer

The Office of Research and Technology Transfer (RTT) is the focal point for research at NSU. Basic, applied, clinical and commercial research are all essential fundamentals to enhance the student's education experience, attract highly qualified students, attract highly qualified faculty, grow the clinical practice and translate research for the good of the public.

RTT is the overarching organization for the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Clinical Research, Office of Technology Transfer, and the Grant Writing Laboratory.

Research and Technology Transfer

NSU Libraries

Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center

Alvin Sherman Library
serves the residents of Broward County as well as NSU students and faculty and staff members

Health Professions
serves the research needs of Health Professions Division students

serves the research needs of NSU's law students

Ocean Sciences
serves the needs of master's and doctoral students in oceanography


Through a unique agreement with Broward County, NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center serves the residents of Broward County as well as the university’s students, faculty, and staff members. This means the community at large can enjoy the resources and services this spectacular venue has to offer. NSU is also home to three additional libraries that serve students, faculty and staff in the areas of health professions, law and oceanography.

NSU Libraries

NSU Research

Watch and learn more about NSU’s current areas of research

Watch and learn more about NSU’s current areas of research.

Broward County will soon have a focal point for research and discoveries that will one day impact all of humanity.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is building a revolutionary Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) that will house an IBM supercomputer, one of Florida’s largest wet labs, the NSU Technology Incubator and some of the world’s greatest minds.

Located on NSU’s main campus in Davie, FL, the 215,000 sq. ft. facility will cost approximately $80 million to construct and equip. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

Center for Collaborative Research

NSU Research Highlights