Shandna Burroughs examines prokinecticin-2 effects in Syrian Hamsters
Shandna Burroughs at work in the lab
Shandna Burroughs, a graduate student in Dr. Candice Klingerman's
laboratory, received the Kristin M. Lynch
Memorial Scholarship for graduate students (fall 2016). Her research examines the effects of a protein, prokineticin-2 (PK-2), on
reproductive and ingestive behaviors of Syrian hamsters. She has found that the
protein has profound effects on both sets of behaviors. PK-2 acted as an
appetite suppressant, while increasing female reproductive behavior. This
research is the first to show that PK-2 can affect both of these behaviors
simultaneously and may indicate a potential treatment in the war against
obesity, while having a positive side effect - increased sex drive! Ms.
Burroughs is currently examining how PK-2 influences peptide hormones in the
blood with Dr. Jennifer Venditti and mRNA expression in the brain with Dr.
Schwindinger. She will be defending her Master's thesis this November and plans
on continuing graduate school in a Ph.D. program next fall.