Assist in ongoing research that explores how binge-like intake of palatable foods changes expression of key feeding-related peptides.
This project uses a rodent model to evaluate how palatable food intake, and particularly binge-like patterns of palatable food intake, can change expression of key neuropeptides and receptors in the brain that are important for energy balance control and food reward. This could inform our understanding of the neurobiological changes that occur after development of binge-like eating behavior.
Student should have a minimum of 6 hours/week available to work in the lab. Morning / early afternoon availability is essential (~9:00am-12:30pm). Some weekend work will be required.
The student will learn how to handle rodents and how to measure rats’ food intake and body weight. They will gain experience collecting and analyzing behavioral and physiological data in rodent models, and will learn about experimental design. The student may also occasionally help out with other ongoing projects in the lab.
|Length of commitment||Year-long (10-12 months)|
|Start time||Winter (December); Spring (January/February); Summer (May/June)|
|Level of collaboration||Large group collaboration (4+ students)|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Volunteer|
|Who is eligible||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
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