Category Archives: Reflections

Uncoupling Proteins ( UCPs)

I have always wondered how animals are able to produce thermal energy in sufficient amount under certain conditions in order to warm themselves up. This question was largely answered in class when we discussed uncoupling proteins. These proteins are proton … Continue reading

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Watch Out For Insulin!

In class we learned about the different mechanisms for regulating blood sugar in the body. So hearing the hormone insulin was not totally new to me as my grandfather developed type II diabetes and my cousin-in-law has type I. Insulin … Continue reading

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Mitochondrial Light Therapy

This semester, I have been interning at a veterinary clinic in Waterville that has given me the opportunity to watch and assist many surgeries. Immediately after each surgery, I have observed the veterinary technician use a piece of equipment called … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the Ketogenic Amino Acids and Ketogenesis

In class, we learned about the citric acid cycle and how many amino acids can be converted into citric acid cycle intermediates. We learned that 18 out of the 20 amino acids can be converted to a citric acid cycle … Continue reading

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Can fever cause hypoglycemia?

Intriguingly, the word hypoglycemia doesn’t sound at all uncommon to me, for there always seem to be one or two kids in my school who use hypoglycemia as an excuse for skipping exercises and Physical Education classes. However, as we … Continue reading

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The Biochemistry of a “Sugar Crash”

Due to Halloween, I have been consuming a lot of candy recently which caused me to reflect on the reality of sugar crashes. I looked into this topic because I wasn’t sure if it was a myth or there was … Continue reading

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The Keto Diet

I have seen a lot of information about the “keto” diet on social media, and was curious how this affected our use/storage of glycogen, since this diet is extremely limiting in the amount of carbohydrates in ones diet. The keto … Continue reading

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Massage Gun vs. Foam Roller

As an athlete, I do not go a day without using my massage gun, a handheld device that claims to relieve muscle soreness faster than foam rolling. Personally, I can attest to this marketing, but as we started discussing fermentation … Continue reading

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Everyone loves lactose!

Lactose intolerance affects most of my family, so naturally, Lactaid is at every meal. Lactose intolerance is caused by the inability to fully digest the lactose found in dairy products. When the body doesn’t produce enough lactase enzyme in the … Continue reading

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Enzyme kinetics of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

This past summer, I worked at the Eck Lab, a structural biology lab, studying cancer signaling pathways using the techniques of X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. My research was focused on looking at EGFR mutations in lung cancer and biochemically … Continue reading

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