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Naiomy Rios-Arce

Cooperating Doctoral Program: CMIB

EITS Track: Biomedical Toxicology

Education: B.S. Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

Research Interests:
My research interests are focused in the study of environmental air pollutants such as diesel emission particles (DEPs) and their effects in neurogenesis. Environmental air pollutatnts negatively affect cognitive brain functions such as learning and memory. Even though, these deficits are associated with changes in neurogenesis, only few investigations have examined the effects of environmental air pollutants on neurogenesis. Through behavioral tests and proliferation studies, assessed by BrdU Incorporation, I plan to investigate the potential role of environmental air pollutants in neurogenesis. Neurogenesis will be investigated in the subgranular zone (SGZ) o fthe hippocampus and the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricles, areas of continuous neurogenesis and also associated with cognition and neurodegenerative disorders.

Major Professor: Narayanan Parameswaran, Physiology / Human Pathology