Medical Research

People of European and African Descent Share Similar Genetic Predisposition Towards Schizohrenia

Schizophrenia can be a tricky illness to define; not all symptoms are common from individual to individual, and even symptoms like hallucinations and delusions are not universal symptoms. The one correlation that can be found is the presence of Thought Disorder: the loss of logical thought processes that either allow the affected individual to make sense of their own thoughts, or keep their thoughts in a logical pattern and reason away ideas we could easily deem absurd.

Cancer Drug Mechanisms


Expression proteomics study to determine metallodrug targets and optimal drug combinations


Co-Targeting Divergent Pathways in Colorectal Cancer

Although statistics vary, colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major cause of cancer mortality in the United States and is the 2nd leading cause of death in men and the 3rd leading cause in women (American Cancer Society, 2017).  At the forefront of colorectal cancer research is the study of the KRAS gene, which codes for proteins essential in regulating cell division.  When KRAS contains or acquires mutations, it becomes deregulated, like an on/off switch that can’t be turned off.  As a result, proteins essential for initiating growth factors, particularly epidermal growth factor (EGFR), are allow

The pro-pot problem: the issue of positive representations of Cannabis in Media

 In episode 285 of the Simpsons, “Weekend at Burnsie’s”, Homer Simpson is introduced to medicinal marijuana, which helps induce a state of calm and euphoria for him, but also results in him cutting his face shaving, forgetting that he owns a kitchen, and accidentally signing a petition criminalizing his newfound medicine.

YOU HAVE TWO HOURS TO COMPLETE THE CALCULUS EXAM…LET’S BEGIN. (Psst!.......Is your math anxiety heritable, environmental or a multifactorial construct?)

Sean Bigler

BIO 206

April 11, 2017




YOU HAVE TWO HOURS TO COMPLETE THE CALCULUS EXAM…LET’S BEGIN.  (Psst!.......Is your math anxiety heritable, environmental or a multifactorial construct?)


Targeting Osteosarcoma Cancer Stem Cells


Miles Soyer



Targeting the osteosarcoma cancer stem cell




Heroin Addiction and the MAOA Gene

It seems like far too often I am hearing about friends or former classmates that have become addicted to heroin or have overdosed. It can be so frustrating sometimes, and you think to yourself why someone would do that, or why don’t they just stop. It is well known that addictions are extremely hard to overcome, but there may be another factor playing a part. An article published on March 27th, 2017 suggests that there is a connection between the low activity C allele of MAOA rs1137070 and a higher sensitivity to heroin addiction.

Elements of Research [Social Anxiety Disorder & Academic Disciplines]

Social Anxiety Disorder is a mental illness that affects millions of people around the world and despite how common it is, it is rarely spoken of. However, there is research although it isn’t often mentioned in media and out in the open.

Preventative Methods to end Homelessness


Homelessness is on the rise but getting degrees in specific academic disciplines such as psychiatry, human ecology, and public health & preventing medicine could help diminish it. There are many issues surrounding homelessness that individuals suffer from. Some issues include health problem, mental disorders, and bad living conditions.

Connection between skin pigment and likelihood of skin cancer might be more complex than previously thought.

“Human melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene variants alter melanoma cell growth and adhesion to extracellular matrix” examines the long-known connection between mutations in the gene MC1R and predisposition to skin cancer. This gene is responsible for the production of melanin, a protein which affects external pigmentation, in particular affecting the hair and skin color of humans.