Ayako Makino

    Email Address: aymakino@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; Department of Medicine
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 835 S Wolcott St. E613 Phone: 312-355-1018
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Research interest in our laboratory centers on the modulation of endothelium function in pathological state. We investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms of coronary vascular endothelial dysfunction in diabetes with the focus on vascular rarefaction and attenuated vascular relaxation. Ongoing research projects in the lab are 1) GAP junction intercellular communication (GJIC) between endothelial cells, 2) Ca2+ homeostasis in endothelial cells, 3) Mitochondrial morphology and physiology in endothelial cells.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10 hours

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA: 3.00. Prerequisite classes necessary: physiology, and cell biology. Preferred major: human anatomy, biochemistry, and bioengineering. At least two semesters are required to work.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student is expected to participate in a small research project with a research specialist in the lab. The student is expected to come to work on time and follow instructions from his/her mentor.

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