FSU Graduate Student Awarded the AHA Fellowship

Nikita Mukhitov, a 3rd year graduate student in the Roper laboratory, was awarded a 2-year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. These fellowships are to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Nikita's proposal is focused on investigating the metabolic profile of the liver in response to oscillations of insulin levels. Nick states, "It is known that oscillations of insulin release produce optimal glucose uptake by the liver, but how these insulin oscillations contribute to the overall metabolic profile of the liver is not yet known. Since heart disease is one of the most prevalent afflictions of people with type 2 diabetes, it is important to understand how the pancreas-liver interaction works." A key aspect of his research is the use of microfluidic systems which enables nanoliters of solution to be interrogated, saving time and reagents, as well as enabling high speed measurements.

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