September 29, 2019
Student of the School of Medicine Taisiia Sazonova completed a 12-week research internship at Concordia University-Montreal, provided by the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program and under the guidance of Professor Dr. Sylvia Santosa. Taisiia worked on the project “Acute and chronic effects of obesity on cardiovascular disease risk factors”.
Professor Sylvia Santosa conducts research to identify the metabolic and cellular mechanisms of why some overweight individuals develop diseases while others do not. Dr. Santosa applies different techniques to investigate and understand the underlying effects of obesity that contribute to weight gain and disease.
Taisiia Sazonova studied the pathophysiological changes in the body of people who are overweight since childhood, compared with those who have developed obesity during adulthood. She examined adipose and muscle tissue, blood to predict cardiovascular disease risk and weight loss response. A medical student participated in the recruitment of study participants, study visits, and laboratory work related to the experiments. During her internship she gained many useful skills for further work in the scientific field: skills in working with fluorescence and confocal microscopes, ELISA method, Western Blot method, Flow method, Cell Sizing Analysis. According to the results of Cell Sizing Analysis, the research team is planning to publish the article.