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Houghton Students Conduct Research Into Cell Regrowth

September 10, 2021

Real world experience is available all over Houghton’s campus. Over the past 6 weeks and continuing on today, Gavin Luckey ‘22 and Malachi Yeager ‘22 have conducted research on the effects of electrical stimulation on protein expression during wound healing in vascular smooth muscle. In short, their focus is on healing smooth muscle.

“Once I became aware of the research opportunities at Houghton, I immediately had my mind set on conducting biology research,” Yeager shared.

The two students read thousands of pages of data, as well as performed their own experiments in preparation to share their findings with fellow STEM students and faculty.

They elaborated on how their research into using electrical stimulation for cell regrowth to heal smooth muscle. Under the supervision of Ransom Poythress, Associate Professor of Biology, Yeager and Luckey conduct their own experiments. They scratch cells and test how well they regrow and how electrical stimulation accelerates the process.