Company: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Semester: 2021 Spring
Summary: During my internship, my research project focused on dopamine transporter ventilation, also known as "debt." The addition of the fatty acid palmitate to debt at position 16580 reduces degradation and increases its transport rate. This increased ventilation affects the duration and strength of dopamine signals transmitted between neurons, which can have implications for dopamine-related conditions such as psychiatric disorders, neurological disorders, and addictions.