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Left, Jianping Lu and right, Otto Zhou sit on a wall in front of Phillps Hall.

A Sharper Image

UNC researchers Jianping Lu and Otto Zhou have spent the last two decades refining technology that makes X-ray machines smaller, faster, safer, and sharper — research that’s changing the world of dentistry, medicine, and security.

Spring purple and white flowers are in the foreground; the Old Well in the background. Photo by Donn Young.

A 30-year odyssey from fruit fly eye color to new insights into gene expression

One UNC scientist has been on a career-long quest to understand how genes are expressed as mRNAs.

Darren Hearn smiling in front of a tree

Doctoral candidate Darren Hearn serves military personnel at Fort Bragg and beyond

Darren Hearn has focused his research on musculoskeletal injury and performance and how those areas can be applied to people completing military basic training in order to identify those at greatest risk for sustaining injury.

Carolina's Top Ten Majors

Carolina’s top 10 majors

Take a look at what many of our 4,068 graduating seniors from the Class of 2021 studied at Carolina. These numbers reflect first majors only.

Alexis Glaudin sitting on a bench in her graduation robe

‘What I’m supposed to do’

As a Tar Heel, Alexis Glaudin found her passion for physical chemistry and research. She’ll now be heading to the University of Washington to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Jonathan Lucas stands in front of a body of water.

From Marine to marine scientist

Graduating master’s student Jonathan Lucas traded his military fatigues and boots for wetsuits and waders to return to school and earn a master’s degree in marine sciences.

Using neuroscience to help others

Daniel Ogunbamowo, once at risk of flunking out of school, turned his life around, got accepted to Carolina on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship and has continued to seize every opportunity since.