MCB Major, Brian Aguilera, took part in the new Health Research Program!

Aguilera was selected to work in the lab of assistant professor Mallika Ghosh in the Center for Vascular Biology at UConn Health, where he studied the protein enzyme CD13 and its effects on the formation of tunneling nanotubes (TNTs), a communication mechanism between cells under stress. TNTs have been linked to Parkinson’s disease and the aggressive spread of cancer cells. He is continuing the research this semester.