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TILDEN RESEARCH LAB:

BRAIN CELL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

We study the influence of hormones, neurotransmitters, and environmental stress on the growth of neurites (axons and dendrites) in crustacean neurons.  Crustacean neurons are ideal biomedical models of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.  They are structurally and functionally similar to human brain cells and respond similarly to oxidative stress, a factor in many neurological diseases.  We are studying the protective and proliferative influences of MELATONIN, a hormone involved in regulating the circadian and seasonal timing of numerous physiological processes.

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2008-2009 Research Students:

 

 

Vic Gagne, Sharonda Bradley, Sarah Harmon

Escar Kusema            

Annie Laban                   

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Ruthie Langton

Max Mutter

Jen Myers

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Ben Oakes

Denis Reyna-Ruiz

Andrea Tilden


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Summer 2008:  What we did...

...While waiting for neurites to grow:

 

Max, Jen, Vic, and Escar: "crab hunting"

Andrea, Queen of Bowling,
showing Vic how to get the right spin

Denis can dance and bowl, but can he sing?

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