Located in Lab Module 320 on Level 3 of Avedisian Hall
Expertise: Biochemistry of Brain Molecules; Improved Drug Therapies
We’re just too fat. Obesity in the United States is common and the health problems it causes are enormous. It’s something that doctors, psychologists, teachers, parents, scientists, and so many others have long struggled to understand: What regulates our body weight?
Professor Abraham Kovoor, a molecular biologist at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, didn’t set out to answer this question. Not until he stumbled upon the link between body weight and the brain protein RGS9–2. He had been studying this protein to understand its role in the movement side effects of drugs used to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. [Continued…]