Dr. Angel Yanagihara gets up in the middle of the night every month to count the numbers of box jellyfish off Waikiki. Her results have given safety officials in Honolulu a reliable source of information to warn visitors and residents alike of the painful and sometimes dangerous stings they can suffer if they venture into the water during those times.
But there’s more! Dr. Yanagihara’s research also has discovered a protein which may lead to a viable treatment for disease. Because of that potential, a venture capital fund is investing in Dr. Yanagihara’s work. Their willingness to fund her innovative research could also pay off for the University of Hawai’i.