Category Archives: Medical Biochemistry

Alzheimer’s Disease and Lipids

My research in another class is focused on Alzheimer’s disease and its pathology. I learned that lipid metabolism played a role in the disease but I wasn’t sure how so I decided to research it. It has been shown that … 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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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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Stronger than Steel! — Spider Web and Silkworm Silk

I remember raising silkworms when I was in kindergarten. I would feed those tiny creatures some mulberry leaves every day and observe them grow up and make silks around themselves. I didn’t realize that the white, stringy thing is what … Continue reading

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