Dr. David Waddell
My research interests lie in better elucidating the cellular pathway involved in the process of skeletal muscle atrophy. My research in particular focuses on the isolation and functional analysis of dihydrousidine synthase 2 (Dus2), a gene that is expressed in skeletal muscle cells. This gene’s expression has been shown to be transcriptionally regulated by MuRF1, an E3 ubiquitin ligase. Dus2 expression has already been seen to be upregulated by MuRF1 under conditions of neurogenic atrophy, and is hypothesized to be a regulator of translational machinery and involved in cell viability in pulmonary cells. However, its role has never been functionally analyzed in skeletal muscle, so better understanding its function within the atrophy pathway will help to better understand the underlying molecular mechanisms of neurogenic skeletal muscle atrophy.
B.S. Biology, Rollins College
Dr. Dave Waddell
Dr. Doria Bowers
My research interests include ecology, conservation, population dynamics, and the social complexity of marine and estuarine species, specifically marine mammals. My research will focus on the behavioral ecology of an estuarine population of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
B.S. Biology, Western Illinois University
My research focuses on discovering tertiary biomarkers of stress in the blood of sharks. These biomarkers will be used to determine the impact of stress on the shark during capture and also to predict the threshold of stress that results in post-release mortality. This will be accomplished by testing for indicators of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation in Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus). By understanding the physiological consequences caused by capture on sharks, more accurate calculations can be made in regards to stock assessment, ultimately achieving more effective management of sharks in fisheries.
B.S. Biology, Coastal Biology, University of North Florida, 2016