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Ilan Ruhr

Ilan Ruhr

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I graduated with a PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology in June 2016 from the University of Miami and received my BSc in Biology from the University of British Columbia. I’m currently a postdoc with Gina Galli, studying the ventricular myocyte physiology, focusing on the effect of hypoxia in the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine).

In the turtle, chronic developmental hypoxia (low oxygen) programs the heart, allowing adult turtles to hypoxia-tolerant, due to improved intracellular efficiency. The identity of the cellular pathways and epigenetic signatures responsible for programing cardiac hypoxia tolerance are unknown. My role is to help pinpoint where and how the programing occurs by looking at changes in intracellular calcium availability, electrophysiology (patch clamp), and respiration (in the mitochondria).
Im also working on a side project on arrhythmias in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) myocytes  with Holly Shiels).

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