Next step: Ph.D. student in biological and biomedical sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Pharmacy major Anh Luu became involved with research her first year at ONU, and worked on four different research projects alongside ONU professors.
“At ONU, I realized that asking ‘what if’ and finding out the answer, is a pretty exciting process,” she says.
Luu joined Dr. Sophocles Chrissobolis’ research team, where she assisted with studying the effects of the Regulator of G-protein signaling on certain bodily functions and behavior. This study was accepted for publication in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.
For her second project, she helped design and conduct a study on reaction time in esports competitors, football players and non-competitive peers in response to visual, auditory and tactile simulations. This research resulted in her co-authoring a publication for The Ohio Journal of Science along with her faculty advisors.
Luu also worked with Dr. Mark Olah on studying endothelial cells and the ACE-II enzyme in hypoxic conditions and studying how activated EPAC1 protects endothelial cells from death caused by TNF-alpha.
Luu says she learned something unique from each research project. “In a way, the research made my classes more interesting, enabling me to see how different and seemingly unrelated concepts connect to each other.”