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Alan Ly

A third year PhD student, Alan Ly, in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, received an R01 diversity supplement in conjunction with his principal investigator’s R01 grant

June, 3, 2020

Alan Ly, third year PhD student in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, received an R01 diversity supplement in conjunction with his principal investigator’s R01 grant. The award falls under Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, and will provide support while Ly prepares to apply for an NIH F31 diversity fellowship.

Ly is a graduate student in the lab of professor Medha Pathak. The Pathak Lab studies Piezo1, a force-sensing protein involved in neural stem cell fate. The lab recently found that Piezo1 is mobile in the membrane, suggesting that these proteins  can exhibit plasticity  in their detection and response to mechanical stimulation. Ly’s project aims to characterize Piezo1’s diffusive behavior and identify important cellular structures that it interacts with. This research will help scientists understand how biological systems respond to mechanical forces and provide the foundation for future application of this knowledge for therapeutic treatments.

More about diversity supplements can be found on the PA and NIMHD sites: 

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/pa-18-586.html

https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/extramural/training-career-dev/research-supplements/diversity-supplements.html

 

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