This summer, many of ICOM’s Student Doctors are taking part in a variety of volunteer and community service projects, gaining clinical experience by shadowing physicians, and conducting important research both on and off campus. Student Doctor Daniel Shin falls into the third category.
“Mitochondrial damage has been implicated in various conditions ranging from aging to cancer, and we’re trying to determine the effects of Melatonin and other hormones on mitigating or exacerbating oxidative damage on Mitochondria,” Shin said.
Alongside Dr. Mihail Mitov, an Assistant Professor of Physiology at ICOM, Student Doctor Shin is exploring just that. The pair recently submitted an abstract titled “In-vitro cellular bioenergetic effects of Melatonin and Hydrocortisone,” to the 2019 Regional Redox Symposium, which will be held August 14-16 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
“This started as a project from my previous institution, where we collected some of the very initial preliminary data and we’ve used this as a basis to try to expand it and conduct experiments in the ICOM Research Lab,” Dr. Mitov said. “And maybe down the road we’ll make some discoveries.”