Changing Biological Clocks

November 3, 2016 texasurj 0

Circadian clocks are present in every cell of our body and regulate physiological processes in response to changes in the environment. Not surprisingly, trying to adjust sleep schedules can take a major toll on our bodies, as the circadian system keeps our cells in sync with our “master” internal clock.

The Orphan Myth

October 31, 2016 texasurj 0

Over the past decades, hundreds of thousands of citizens in western countries have adopted children from impoverished, troubled, or war-torn countries. These adoptees, though pure in intention, are often ignorant about the dark underbelly of the adoption industry and that many of the children they are adopting may not be orphans at all.

Programming Cancer

October 25, 2016 texasurj 0

Cancer is a disease that involves the the uncontrollable division of the body’s cells. Human bodies, for the most part, do a good job of making sure we get what we need. More specifically, our cells in our bodies only divide to form more cells when necessary.

An Interview with Dr. Marjorie Woods

October 17, 2016 texasurj 0

Dr. Marjorie Woods is a Professor of Medieval Literature at the College of Liberal Arts. She is the Blumberg Centennial Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and has received numerous teaching awards, including the Humanities Research Award, the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, the University President’s Associates’ Teaching Excellence Award, and the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award.

The Biology of Biofuels: An Interview with Shayan Bhathena

October 5, 2016 texasurj 0

Shayan Bhathena is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II and Human Biology. Shayan works as a peer mentor for the Biology of Biofuels stream in the Freshman Research Initiative, and is currently researching the biology of a biofuels species commonly called switchgrass, or Panicum virgatum.

Who Wants to Live Forever?

April 12, 2016 texasurj 0

DNA utilizes a number of steps to copy our genetic code into new cells so we can get taller, heal wounds, grow hair and nails, and even make germ-line cells like sperm and eggs to reproduce. However, DNA has limitations.

Solving Aging with Young Blood and Circulating Factors?

April 8, 2016 texasurj 0

Parabiosis: surgically joining two organisms that then share and exchange rapid and continuous circulation. Parabiosis has been adopted by researchers as a means to test if joining old and young mice together (heterochronic parabiosis) shows signs of reversing age-related impairments.

UT Alumni: An Interview with Caitlin Spofford

April 4, 2016 texasurj 1

Throughout her undergraduate career, Caitlin has played an active role in many organizations, such as serving as the President of Omega Chi Epsilon (the chemical engineering honor society), playing in UT’s marching band, and working as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Hal Alper’s lab.