Intra/Post-transcriptional Regulation of Thermogenic Protein in Mammalian Adipose Tissues

Mentor Name:
Alek Peterlin

Mentor Position:
Graduate Research Assistant

Nutrition and Integrative Physiology



Project Description:

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.

Opportunity Type:

Priority for underrepresented/underserved students; Volunteer; This is a work-study research position; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

Assisting with data collection (using molecular biology techniques) and analyzing and interpreting results.

Student Benefits:

Learning scientific and technical research skills related to molecular biology and have the opportunity to be published in a peer reviewed journal.

Project Duration:

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.

Minimum Requirements:

Coursework and/or majoring in basic science, willingness to learn and receive feedback, reliable, and curious.