The Cell Biology of Stress
First-Year Student as Scholars Seminar
Dr. Jay Brewster, Professor of Biology, Pepperdine University
With increasing industrialization and human population growth, air pollution has become an environmental threat to human health. Students in this seminar will expose human cells in tissue culture to nanoparticles found in polluted air as well as improvise simple methods to assess cellular stress, survival, and biochemical activity. Methods of analyses will include light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, immunoblot analysis of signaling proteins, and assays for metabolic function.