Office: Copernicus 350
Lab: Copernicus 313
Research projects in my lab currently involve an examination of the cellular,
molecular and biochemical mechanisms that intertidal invertebrates use to adapt
to the environmental stresses imposed by their constantly changing environment.
The primary focus has been studying the mechanisms of adaptation to changing
salinities. Major avenues have included determining the subcellular distribution
and kinetics of key enzymes involved in free amino acid synthesis during high
salinity adaptation, determining whether synthesis of molecular chaperone
proteins in the hsp family is induced during adaptation to altered environmental
salinity, and most recently, examining whether or not water permeability of cell
membranes is altered during salinity adaptation by inserting water pore proteins
(aquaporins) into cell membranes.
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