A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse professor has been awarded a significant grant to conduct important, potentially life-saving research. Professor of biology Scott Cooper will receive a grant worth nearly $340,000 from the National Institutes of Health to advance his research into the effects of hibernation on blood clotting in squirrels.
Cooper hopes that by figuring out which proteins and cells keep a hibernating squirrel's blood from clotting, he will be able to find similar proteins in humans that could prevent or break down clots. This would lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes, saving countless lives.
Cooper is offering between 20 and 30 undergrad students at UW-La Crosse the chance to work on the potentially ground-breaking research, gaining valuable research experience.
"Each year I usually have one or two papers published, and we'll have eight to ten students as co-authors on the paper," he said. "With the work that they're doing, if they get a figure that we can put into a paper, they're a co-author on the paper. So I think that's a really good thing for an undergraduate."
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