Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"TOPRS: Skeletal muscle functions in obesity"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
TOPRS
Project Description:
We have shown lower skeletal muscle capillarization in obese individuals. GDF11 is a recently identified muscle produced protein. GDF11 is lower with aging and regulates brain vascularization. The purpose of this study is to determine if GDF11 regulates skeletal muscle capillarization and if it is lower in muscle from obese individuals.
Expected Student Contributions:
Perform or assist with exercise testing, muscle biopsies, and molecular biology related to GDF11.
Related Website(s):
http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/hk/directory/faculty/gavin_tim.php
Desired Qualifications:
Qualification GPA: 3.0 or higher Interest in if not course work in cellular and molecular biology Need to acquire training in human subjects blood borne pathogens
Estimated Weekly Hours:
9
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Gavin, Timothy
Deptartment/College:
department of health and kinesiology

Student Supervisor

Name:
Tim Gavin
Title:
Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Tim Gavin
Deptartment/College:
Health and Kinesiology
Name:
Shihuan Kuang
Deptartment/College:
Animal Sciences