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With growing concerns over climate change, it is critical that our global society moves away from fossil fuel combustion as the primary means of energy production. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power are being increasingly implemented, but these resources are intermittent. To overcome this issue, there is significant interest in constructing carbon-neutral sustainable energy cycles where renewable energy is stored in the form of a chemical fuel, which can then be oxidized in a (...)

SAS - Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Chemistry, Energy Systems and Engineering

Mitosis and meiosis are the most exciting and elaborate processes that occur during the life of dividing cells. The mitotic and meiotic divisions must perfectly distribute a complete set of chromosomes to each daughter cell. Defects in these processes lead to aneuploidy and possibly serious harm to the organism. Our lab studies meiosis in oocytes because of the importance to reproductive health. In humans, aneuploidy is a leading cause of spontaneous abortions and infertility in women. If aneuploids (...)

SAS - DLS - Genetics
Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics

This project is a study of the content, composition, and distribution of general protein, amino acids, and fatty acids in endoplasmic reticulum membrane fragments carrying cytochrome P450 enzymes. P450s are a large superfamily of enzymes that oxidize lipophilic xenobiotics (foreign compounds) with electronegative centers that may be toxic. The xenobiotic becomes polarized and thereby more reactive sot that it may either become water-soluble and excreted or it may become activated to an acutely toxic (...)

SEBS - Entomology
Molecular Biology

Young adults are at increased risk for insufficient sleep as they balance school and work obligations and social activities. Approximately 50% of college students report excessive daytime sleepiness and exhibit behaviors and symptoms of chronic sleep restriction such as having difficulty maintaining alertness followed by unintended drowsiness or sleep. Insufficient sleep is suggested to be a risk factor for obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In a survey of traditional-age (...)

Dept. of Kinesiology and Health
Behavior , Health , Performance

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent disorder in humans above even diabetes and cancer. According to the CDC around 15% of adults over the age of 18 have some degree of hearing loss. Much of the damage occurs acutely or progressively through exposure to noise and ototoxic substances, but a common component of this damage is through oxidative damage via reactive oxygen species. We have developed a gene therapy that is neuroprotective against the oxidative damage that leads to inner and outer (...)

Aresty Research Assistant

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