Steven Ackerman

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    College: Medicine Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
    Title: Professor
    Office: 1370 MBRB M/C 669 Phone: 9966149
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Transcriptional regulation of hematopoietic (blood cell) development and myeloid (eosinophil) lineage-specific gene expression; Molecular and structural biology (structure-function relationships) and biologic activities of eosinophil-derived mediators of inflammation and tissue damage in asthma, and allergic and parasitic diseases; Characterization of in utero/post-natal risk factors and mechanisms for the development of atopy and asthma. Eosinophil effector functions in inflammation and fibrosis; Clinical-translational studies on Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) including the development and validation of a novel minimally invasive diagnostic test, identification of disease-specific biomarkers, and clinical studies on the mechanisms of esophageal remodeling and fibrosis in EoE.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 15

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Sophomore, junior, or senior standing; Biology, biochemistry or chemistry major; Demonstrated excellence in coursework and labs for major; Willing to work a minimum of 15 hour per week.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Student would be expected to participate on ongoing studies, learn the necessary research techniques, perform experiments at the lab bench, and participate in weekly lab meetings and other lab-related activities by presenting research progress reports. Student will also be expected to perform routine tasks related to the day-to-day functioning of the laboratory.

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