Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Vitamin D and breast cancer prevention "

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2012 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Nutrition and cancer
Project Description:
A variety of studies suggest that better vitamin D status is associated with reduced risk of breast cancer. As tumors develop, energy metabolism is altered including glucose and glutamine metabolism. Our laboratory has shown that vitamin D metabolites regulate energy metabolism during cancer progression. In this project, breast epithelial cells that are normal and during progression to cancer will be used which are representative of multistage cancer progression to study how the effects of vitamin D alter energy metabolism during progression of cells to cancer.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will participate in mammalian cell culture and quantification of gene transcription and protein expression; potentially learn to use chemical inhibitors, reporter gene assay and other basic techniques for molecular biology. The student will have their own project to complete within the context of our current research.
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Desired Qualifications:
Prefer, but not necessary, previous experience with nutrition or biology laboratory courses and interested in vitamin D and cancer.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Teegarden, Dorothy
nutrition science

Student Supervisor

Dorothy Teegarden

Cooperating Faculty

Shawn Donkin
Animal Science/Ag