Lauren Cox, undergraduate FUSE recipient, and BethAnne Dickens, Graduate Student Research Fellow, have both been working with Dr. Jill Maples in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport on metabolic research for the past year. Their work resulted in research abstracts being accepted for poster presentations at the 2015 Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA.
Experimental Biology is a unique multidisciplinary, national scientific meeting comprised of over 14,000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies (including the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Nutrition, the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the American Association of Anatomists, and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics) and multiple guest societies that was held in late March. Scientists representing academic institutions, government agencies, and private organizations are drawn to this meeting to broaden their understanding of cross-disciplined research.
Lauren's study investigated the differential response to a high fat diet, in terms of the expression of critical metabolic genes/proteins, in skeletal muscle with severe obesity compared to lean individuals, which likely mediates metabolic disease. BethAnne's study investigated whether entire metabolic and/or inflammatory networks/pathways were dsyregulated in the skeletal muscle of obese individuals (compared to lean) in response to specific dietary challenges. Their research and travel were supported by the following funding mechanisms: National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH Grant 2P20GM103436-14, WKU FUSE Award, WKU Graduate School GSRF Award, and WKU KRS Research Funding.
Lauren Cox and BethAnne Dickens at the 2015 Experimental Biology Conference.