Research Projects

Current

Fall 2017 – Summer 2018: Collaboration effort between School of Nursing and Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, UT Austin

This project involves DXA scans and blood analyses focusing on biomarkers involved in  inflammation, coagulation, and vascular health in HIV positive individuals. The focus is to investigate the underlying mechanism involved in the increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes in this population.

Fall 2016 – Spring 2020: Providing a service for the Department of Nutritional Sciences, UT Austin

This is a 3-year project that involves about 400 CLIA-certified glucose and HbA1c analyses at the beginning and end of each school year. It is part of an intervention involving gardening, nutrition, and cooking classes in elementary schools. Lipids and inflammatory cytokines will be done as batch analyses on all of the samples at the end of the 3-year intervention.

Spring 2017 – Spring 2018: Providing a service for the Department of Psychology, UT Austin

The project involves phlebotomy on about 300 subjects over the next year as part of a larger cross-sectional study looking at the role of genetics in mental health.

Past

Spring 2017: Provided a service for the School of Nursing, UT Austin

Project involved the analyses of inflammatory cytokines in 65 previously-collected human blood samples with cancer.

Summer 2016: Provided a service for the Department of Nutritional Sciences, UT Austin

Project involved the multiplex analyses of several cytokines and hormones in 300 previously-collected human blood samples. Blood had been drawn from Hispanic children at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Fall 2016: Collaborative effort within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, UT Austin

This project involved the analyses of inflammatory cytokines in rat serum as part of an investigation looking at type 1 diabetes, inflammation, and the exercise pressor reflex.