UNT Research, Volume 16, 2006 Page: 45
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STUDENT RESEARCH MAY LEAD TO
FOR CELL DAMAGE IN HUMANS
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s the son of a medical school professor,
Desh Mohan had spent time in a university
research laboratory, but not working on his
own research project.
In the fall of 2004, he entered the
Texas Academy of Mathematics and
Science at the University of North Texas
- a two-year residential program that
allows talented students to enroll at UNT
at the time they would normally be juniors
and seniors in high school. In the laboratory
of Pamela Padilla, assistant professor of
biological sciences, Mohan began studying
how the male nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
- a roundworm less than one millimeter
long - adapts to oxygen deprivation that
is detrimental to humans. The worm is
often used for biology research because it
has some of the same physiological systems
- feeding, nervous, muscle and reproduc-
tive systems - found in humans.
Padilla's five-year study to understand
how cells and genes respond to a lack of
oxygen, or anoxia, is being funded by the
National Institutes of Health. In the sum-
mer of 2005, Mohan was working in the
lab up to 40 hours a week after receiving a
scholarship from TAMS to continue the
All those hours paid off. Last
December, Mohan, who graduated from
TAMS in May and is now a student at the
UNT RESEARCH 2006 45
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