Undergraduate Research Assistant
Animal Science Department at Michigan State University
In Dr. Orth's lab, I worked on a study that simulated the effectiveness of treating arthritis with synthetic chondroitin sulfate. We used cartilage taken from the knees of steers and placed it into a bovine media infused with interleukin-1 (IL-1) to simulate the damage created from arthritis. After treatment with the osteoclastic-activating factor (IL-1), synthetic chondroitin sulfate was placed into the test tubes to test the efficacy of repairing the damaged cartilage. My main role in this project was mixing and pH-ing media, labeling test tubes, pipetting media into the tubes, changing the media and removing the cartilage discs, and performing several different computerized analysis of the affected media.
Currently, I am preparing to analyze CT scans of chicken legs in order to examine bone density in relation to the body weight of the bird.