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At a Snail’s Pace

This is a picture of the sea snail, Aplysia californica or California sea hare, which is widely used to examine how the activity of nerve cells evokes fundamental behaviours. I study how cation channels, which are specialized proteins that form pores allowing charged molecules in and out of the nerve cell, influence cellular activity. I use electrophysiology and molecular biology to study the reproductive behavior of Aplysia. My research is focused on studying the effects of reactive oxygen species on cation channels, which dictate reproduction in bag cell neurons of the snail.
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Graduate student
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Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Health Sciences
At a Snail’s Pace
Grad student
School of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
Materials Discovery and Molecular Design
Ecology, Biodiversity and the Natural Environment
Health, Wellness and the Determinants of Human Health
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Botterell Hall, Queen's University
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Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan
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Graduate Student, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences