White adipose tissue stores energy while brown adipose tissue consumes energy generating heat. Together, these tissues play a significant role in whole-body energy homeostasis. We are investigating the cause of one of the main differences between these two tissues: the presence of thermogenic protein. The student will help identify how this protein is intra/post-transcriptionally regulated in each tissue by studying the mRNA that codes for this protein. These studies aim to uncover novel targets for treating obesity.
Graduate Research Assistant
Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
Priority for underrepresented/underserved students; Volunteer; This is a work-study research position; Earn independent study credit
Assisting with data collection (using molecular biology techniques) and analyzing and interpreting results.
Learning scientific and technical research skills related to molecular biology and have the opportunity to be published in a peer reviewed journal.
Minimum of one semester, preferably longer up to 3 years in total duration. Approximately 10 hours per week with some flexibility based on student needs.
Coursework and/or majoring in basic science, willingness to learn and receive feedback, reliable, and curious.