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Judith D. Ochrietor

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Faculty Bio

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

Phone: (904) 620-2827

Office: Building 59/1316

Email:j.ochrietor@unf.edu

Research Interests

Cell and molecular biology and biochemistry

Areas of Expertise

Courses currently taught: Molecular Biology Techniques, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Lab

Education

B.A. (Biochemistry) Wilkes University (1994)

Ph.D. (Biochemistry Program) The Ohio State University (1998)

Post-doctoral training - University of Florida, Whitney Laboratory

Biography

The mechanisms through which neural cell metabolism is supported is my current focus of study. Specifically, I investigate members of the Basigin subset of the immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF) and the roles they play in the metabolic aspects of sensory systems. Members of this subset of the IgSF often interact with monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs), that are known to move pyruvate, lactate, and ketone bodies across a plasma membrane via facilitated diffusion. We use cell and molecular biology and biochemistry techniques to answer questions related to the interactions between Basigin IgSF family members and MCTs, both in cis (on the same cell) and in trans (across two different cells) to ultimately understand how those interactions support the metabolic needs of neural systems.