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Title: Respiratory epithelium
Author(s): LaVinka, Pamela
Abstract: I work in Thom Park’s lab with African naked mole-rats. These unusual animals have been shown to lack essential neurotransmitters in their trigeminal nerve. I study naked mole-rat postsynaptic activity of the trigeminal nerve in response to multiple stimuli. In my research, I have also done electron microscopy work on an area that is innervated by the trigeminal nerve, the nasal cavity. Hardly any electron microscopy has been done on a naked mole-rat and so I’m doing an anatomical study of their nasal region and their trigeminal nerve. This picture is a scanning electron micrograph of naked mole-rat respiratory epithelium. Ciliated cells and goblet cells on the surface of the respiratory epithelium are shown here, along with a small glob of mucous. The image was taken from samples of naked mole-rat nasal tissue that were fixed and then prepared in the Biological electron microscope lab.
Issue Date: 2010
Type: Image
Description: Entry in 2010 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 15-May 31, 2010.
Date Available in INDIGO: 2011-04-14

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