I've got a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas. I'm currently a doctoral candidate graduating with my Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences from the University of South Alabama. I study IgG structural changes in pulmonary arterial hypertension. I enjoy photography and travel, and spend most of my time transporting my two kids to all their sporting events.
Taking gene editing from the realm of science fiction to medical reality. The term ’gene editing’ sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. It seems like something that would be used in a plot to create a master race or defeat alien attackers. In reality, scientists are using this technique to treat diseases …Continue Reading
Patients at the ICU often show dementia-like symptoms. Recently, a lot of attention in the scientific community has been focused on patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who go on to develop cognitive deficits. Cognitive deficit or impairment is a general term that can cover many symptoms, such as memory loss or impairment, difficulty …Continue Reading
Treating hearts like windshields. A few years ago, a rock hit the windshield of my car while I was driving and left a star-shaped crack in the glass. When I took the car to get it fixed, the technician filled the crack with a resin and then shone UV light on it to harden the …Continue Reading
3D printed skin may be stronger than mother nature’s. I first heard about this while I was watching Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith was trying to print a 3D model of a liver, and I thought “That’s cool, but it will never happen.” As it turns out, I was wrong – it’s already happening. A group in …Continue Reading
Are we close to a practical test for Alzheimer’s? It’s no news that Alzheimer’s disease is a serious problem. 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s, and 1 in 3 seniors of age 85 and older have the disease. In addition to wide-spread, the condition is debilitating, time-consuming, and expensive …Continue Reading