Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Ivan Wu

Cytotoxic effect of chemical agents on nucleus pulposus cells of human intervertebral discs

My summer research project is determining the cytotoxic effects of two different chemical agents on nucleus pulposus cells within human intervertebral discs. We are measuring the inflammatory products produced by the cells in response to these agents in order to evaluate its possible side effects. This is done through analysis of cytokine production such as interleukin 6 and interleukin 8.

Message To Sponsor

I truly appreciate the support as being able to continue my research work in the summer provides me with the opportunity to continue to hone my wet lab skills while bolstering my resume as I pursue a career within medicine and research.
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Mentor: Aaron Fields
Sponsor: Leadership
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