UF Biomedical Sciences Concentration: Physiology and Functional Genomics
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UF Biomedical Sciences Concentration: Physiology and Functional Genomics


The Department of physiology and
functional genomics, which houses the physiology concentration of the
biomedical sciences program, has faculty with expertise in a variety of molecular
and physiological techniques. Our faculty in the department have research programs
and endocrinology and muscle physiology, and neuroscience fetal development,
vascular physiology, and many many other physiological aspects. We have a very
strong muscle physiology group that has investigators not only within the
department of physiology, but also the university as a whole. I was really
looking for places that were strong in skeletal muscle research which led me to
applying to the University of Kentucky because at the time they had a very
strong skeletal muscle program and so that’s where I started my graduate
career I found lab I’d currently and then then two years into that we moved
to the University of Florida where we are now. And as part of that like it was
really due to this growing myology institute that is here,where people, UF as part of their preeminence program, is really bringing in a lot of people who
are leaders in their fields and one of the sort of areas of focus is skeletal
muscle biology. Our lab studies the role of circadian rhythms and skeletal
muscle. Circadian rhythms rates 24-hour biological processes. But what most
people don’t know about those, or don’t at least don’t think about what those, is
that there’s actually this molecular basis to them. And so our labs what we’re
really interested in is how that mechanism works in skeletal muscles
specifically and what sort of processes it’s controlling in skeletal muscle. The students here benefit from a really collaborative environment. So there
are, within the department itself there are multiple collaborations among
the investigators. So students will be trained in the techniques of the
laboratory that they’re in, but not only that they’ll also be trained in
techniques and concepts from laboratories that are collaborating with
with the laboratory that they’re in. Not only are there collaborations within
the department many of the faculty members within the department are
collaborating outside the department and outside of the college. So I’ve been
working quite a bit in the center for neurogenetics and in the ICBRs
where, because I’ve been doing some next-generation sequencing
really look at RNA expression and alternative splicing of the Titan; the
protein that I’m interested in. We also work with within the myology institute
with other labs. For me currently it’s mainly for histology. So like, access
to, you know, cryostats where we can cut muscle tissue and also microscopes
where we can look at that. And then also for functional parameters we have like
looking at any sort of like function stuff we usually go up to the College of
Health and Human Performance. Like, the University of Florida we really have
access to a lot of equipment and a lot of techniques that you don’t have
elsewhere because the university is very large and the College of Medicine is
very active research wise. That’s sort of surprising, but
what we were hoping we would have here is really just access to a lot of
different things at our fingertips, where we can really, like, what you want to do
is isn’t limited. you

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