Assist in determining how diet and gastric bypass surgery changes the number of receptors in the brain. Students interested in neuroanatomy will perform image analysis for quantifying receptor expression in the rodent brain.
Our laboratory is interested in the behavioral and neurochemical consequences of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery. RYGB surgery is a successful method for combating obesity and has been shown to be effective for sustained weight loss, with improvements in obesity-related co-morbidities and decreased mortality rates. Although the surgery itself has helped people lose weight, some harmful side-effects have been observed. Increased consumption of addictive substances following the surgery have been seen, including cigarettes, alcohol, and opiates. Our lab has modeled this surgery in obese rats for the purpose of evaluating its effects on addictive behaviors as well as the consequent neurochemical changes. By observing what kinds of changes happen in the brain in rats undergoing these procedures, we can better understand, evaluate, and assist human subjects receiving this surgery. We are looking for undergraduate students who can assist with the image analysis involved in quantifying receptor expression in the rodent brain.
This project will provide students with the opportunity to write and submit abstract/posters as well as peer reviewed research papers.
|Length of commitment||Longer than a semester (6-9 months)|
|Start time||Any time|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
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