Effects of placental pathologies on fetal growth

Faculty Name:
Camille Fung

Department:
Pediatrics, Neonatology

Faculty College:
Medicine

Email:
camille.fung@hsc.utah.edu


Project Description:

My laboratory is interested in dissecting the mechanisms of how in utero insults affect fetal development. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is one such insult that negatively affects the offspring in multiple organ systems. One common etiology of IUGR is uteroplacental insufficiency, a condition where the placenta malfunctions and fetal growth is unsupported. I use a mouse model of IUGR as my tool to understand the molecular mechanisms for such placental dysfunction.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Earn independent study credit; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis


Student Role:

The student will use various molecular techniques to interrogate placental gene expression.


Student Benefits:

Student will gain first hand experience to basic science research in the context of a clinical question.


Project Duration:

This project is ongoing and I expect each student to be able to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week.


Minimum Requirements:

Students with a dedicated interest in health and disease preferred. Biological science majors and pre-medical students are encouraged to apply.