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Graduate Neuroscience Program

Vivek Krishnan

After getting a B.E in Biotechnology from India, I came to the U.S. for grad school. I got my Master’s degree in Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, where I worked on elucidating whether there was a role for reactive oxygen species in zebrafish embryonic development. I joined Dr. Baski Thyagarajan’s lab as a research assistant to work on a project to help determine the mechanism by which capsaicin feeding causes browning of white adipose tissue. I then joined the lab as a doctoral graduate student through the Neuroscience graduate program. Our lab is mainly interested in looking at the role of TRP channels in metabolism, pain and neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, my current project involves investigating whether there is a synergism between exercise and capsaicin feeding in counteracting diet-induced obesity. I use a mouse model of obesity with a treadmill/rotarod exercise regimen and dietary supplementation of capsaicin to verify my hypothesis. I hope to establish a pivotal role for TRPV1 in metabolism through my research.

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