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Brittany Gorres-Martens, Ph.D.

brittany.gorres-martens@augie.edu

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Position:

  • Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Augustana University

Education:

  • Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • B.S., Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Current Research:

My research focuses on exercise as a treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D). Specifically, we seek to understand the physiological changes in the brain, skeletal muscle, and adipose tissue that occur with exercise.

To assess the beneficial physiological changes that occur with exercise, we measure activation of the insulin signaling pathway in the skeletal muscle and adipose tissue and regulators of fat metabolism in the context of a high-fat diet and exercise. Furthermore, hormone receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain are measured to assess the changes in hunger, satiety, and the reward pathway. Students will learn and use a variety of laboratory techniques including Western blot analysis to assess protein levels, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to measure RNA levels, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) to measure hormone levels.