This month we returned to Barcroft Station to complete a sleep treatment study. It was interesting to see the changing landscape over 2 months. The marmots, which were abundant in July, were already hiding away for the season.
Thank you to the station staff for their hospitality! We'll be back soon!
Sarah joined us this summer before finishing her senior year of high school. Watch out for her because she's going great places! In just a few weeks she made great progress on her own project - mastering many lab techniques while also helping out Lu and Erica with their experiments.
Thank you for all of your hard work, Sarah! We'll miss you!
Last week we spent a night at Barcroft Station (3,801 m) and tested equipment for an upcoming high-altitude sleep study. It was the first time each of us had been to this station so we took a moment to hike the short trail to the top of the Barcroft plateau to watch the sun set before equipping ourselves for full sleep studies. We're excited to return in August and September!
This week we welcome Lu Wu to the lab! Lu is a UCSD medical student. She was awarded summer funding to identify adaptive signals in regulatory regions of genes associated with the hypoxic response. She will also be working with Dr. Amy Non to explore possible epigenetic mechanisms of altitude adaptation.
We're excited to have Lu with us and to kick off her summer project!
Congratulations to Matea for receiving the Ledell Family URS award! Matea has received summer funding to study the effects of altitude and room oxygen supplementation during sleep on cognitive function. She is hard at work arranging the final details of experiments to be conducted at White Mountain Research Center. Matea is a perfect fit for this project which combines her interests in psychology and exercise physiology.