IMPACT: From One Person to Millions

Treating rare inherited forms of arrhythmia

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at The Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute have identified a rare and deadly form of inherited arrhythmia and developed a method to target the disease. The team, led by Peter Mohler (physiology and cell biology), sequenced every protein-encoding gene in a 37-year-old man’s rare form of inherited arrhythmia genome and designed a specific therapy to treat it. And now, the findings from this one patient will lead to more life-saving discoveries for many other patients and families.

Harvesting electricity from the air

A team of Ohio State engineers developed new technology that makes cell phone batteries last up to 30 percent longer on a single charge. A phone case harvests the energy emitted by the phone and converts it into direct current power. The team, led by Chi-Chih Chen (electrical and computer engineering), worked with the Fisher College of Business Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Institute to create a startup company, Nikola Labs, to commercialize the technology. This not only impacts the environment, but positively impacts the economy. Co-inventors include Can Emre Koksal and graduate student Roland Tallos (both from electrical and computer engineering) and Ness Shroff (computer science and engineering).