- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Neuroscience, genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, translational research, therapeutics, mouse studies, human studies, autonomic/sympathetic nervous system, skeletal muscle diseases
The impact of exercise on muscle quality
We often associate athletes with being physically strong. In fact, there is a strong correlation as we know exercise makes our muscles stronger. Muscles that are no longer being used tend to get smaller (or atrophied). But how is this happening? How can exercise promote a stronger muscle? Understanding which pathways that exercise is working on to make muscles stronger will be very important. Skeletal muscle comprises ~80% of our body weight and if the muscle is sick, it will make the rest of your body sick. Therefore, we need to figure out how to keep muscle healthy if exercise isn’t possible. This project will focus on analyzing data that can be found on publicly available databases and would be perfect for a scientific review paper or a jump start into developing a research project!
Intricacies of the Central Dogma
Our cells are extremely organized and impressively efficient. They make exactly the right amount and type of protein at the right time. This is important for conserving energy and quick responses to external stimuli such as healing an injury site or signaling to a neighboring cell. So how do cells maintain this level of organization? Which steps along the protein-making-pathway are being controlled? This project will focus on diving deeper into how cells make proteins, otherwise known as the central dogma. This project can stay broader and look into the main steps of the central dogma, replication, transcription, and translation, or it can become more focused and look into which additional controls can be found at these steps such as post-translational modifications. This would be perfect for a blog idea.