Research Biographies

The summer between M1 and M2 year is a great opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty at UT. Even if you are unsure of what field of medicine you might be interested in, working on a basic science or clinical research project provides a great opportunity to explore how a research lab is run and analyze data that may ultimately lead to improvements in medical care.

I applied for the NIH-summer research fellowship and was fortunate to receive a grant to work in Dr. Ivan Gerling's lab. Dr. Gerling is very well known for his research in diabetes and my project focused specifically on the identification of protein markers involved in the pathogenesis of Type 1 diabetes in the spleen leukocytes of mice. We determined which proteins exhibited differential expression between our experimental and control mouse models using computer software, identified them via mass spectrometry and compared the results with molecular networks from previous studies. This research is important because differentially-expressed protein markers may suggest a particular cellular target that is altered during early development of type 1 diabetes. I was fortunate enough to travel to New Orleans with a group of other UT students and present our results at the Southern Society Meeting.

In addition to providing a great research opportunity, the NIH program organized lectures every week given by UT faculty members in their specific areas of research. Overall, I had a great experience working with Dr. Gerling. He is making great strides in the field of Endocrinology and would highly recommend his lab to medical students interested in research.

Yuriy Brodskiy
NIH Summer

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