133 Polk Science
"In both lecture and laboratory, I encourage students to take an active role by asking questions and analyzing case studies. In the laboratory, students investigate anatomical structures on a macroscopic and microscopic level through dissection and viewing models, and investigate physiology by collecting and analyzing data such as EKG, urinalysis, and spirometry. Students synthesize structure-function relationships by constructing feedback flow charts. The interconnectedness of body systems is emphasized."
Human Anatomy; Human Physiology; Advanced Human Physiology; Histology; Developmental Biology; as well as Research in Molecular Biology.
Ph.D., Physiology, University of Kentucky
B.A., Biology, Hanover College
Growth Factor Mediated Angiogenesis
Angiogenesis is a complex process whereby new blood vessels are grown in response to chemical mediators from pre-existing vasculature. Prokineticin-1 is one such chemical mediator that is known to promote the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells through activation of PI3K, Akt, eNOS, and Ras signaling pathways. I am interested in the role of endothelial cells and adipocytes in production of prokineticin-1 and other chemical mediators of angiogenesis. Elucidating the activation of cellular receptors and cellular pathways has implications for cancer cell biology as well as ischemic heart disease.
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