- Behavioral disinhibition
- Membrane trafficking
- neural circuits
- Sensory gating
- Sexual dimorphism
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The Center supports neuroscience research through multiple mechanisms including pilot grants, administrative support and seven core labs [Genomic Analysis (sequencing, qPCR, oligonucleotide synthesis, etc.), Cytometry/screening/imaging (cell sorting, confocal microscopy, etc.), Cytology (EM), Biomolecule (proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics, etc.), Bioinformatics, Statistical Lab, and Community Engagement cores].
The Project is aimed at the development of a university-wide, cross-disciplinary drug abuse and research training program that is tailored toward students and faculty members interested in a career in drug abuse research, especially those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and communities.
This REU summer program will provide a cohort of participants with a high quality experience that combines education, novel research in state-of-the-art facilities, training in bioethics, one-on-one and group mentoring, and training in other relevant professional skills.
The HHDRC is an ongoing collaboration partnering the best educational institutions; UTEP College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and The University of Texas School of Public Health (UT-SPH), west Texas has to offer in terms of Hispanic health disparities research. This successful collaboration has led to a multidisciplinary approach in seeking new and better ways in understanding and helping to eliminate disparities among our rapidly growing Hispanic population.
Dr. Fenelon’s research focuses on the neuronal circuits and cellular mechanisms underlying sensorimotor gating which is an ensemble of neurological processes that allows humans and animals to filter out irrelevant information and help to focus attention. Better understanding sensorimotor gating is crucial because it is impaired in many psychiatric and neurological diseases. Techniques used include acute mouse brain slices, electrophysiology (patch clamp and field recordings) and Optogenetics.
Dr. Li’s laboratory develops innovative optical imaging modalities for various applications. Currently we have a two-photon fluorescence microscope for live virus, cells and animal imaging. We are also developing nonlinear optical spectroscopic methods for organic solar cell and petroleum catalysis characterization.
The BACF specializes in the separation and characterization of biomolecules and is available to all UTEP users and external collaborators. Most instruments are accessible as shared-resources at no charge for the users. Service is also provided for sequencing and identification of proteins and peptides using LC/MS-MS on a recharge basis.
The CSI (Cytometry, Screening and Imaging) Core Facility is a comprehensive research cell-culturing and cytometry facility, located on UTEP main campus. The facility provides investigators, students and other researchers with “State-of-the-Art” technology to conduct cell-based experiments with modern equipment including fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS; analyzer and sorter), CSI bioimager, automated pipette system and two confocal microscopes.
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