Tory Doolin


Tory Doolin is a recent Biological Sciences graduate of UC-Irvine and a future PhD candidate. A research/biology nerd by day and a Netflix fiend by night, she also enjoys spending too much time drinking Starbucks coffee, napping at the beach, and watching fireworks and parades at Disneyland.

Tory has written 9 post(s)

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disease associated with the degeneration of nerves in multiple areas of the brain that affect vital functions such as movement, balance, and involuntary functions, such as bladder control, heart rate, digestion, and blood pressure regulation. This disease shares many similarities with Parkinson’s Disease. It develops later in adulthood, … Read More

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdominal cavity and are involved in numerous regulatory activities within the body, including the removal of waste products, regulating electrolyte levels, maintaining an acid-base balance, and managing a balance between water and salt to help regulate blood pressure. These organs filter blood and remove water-soluble waste products, … Read More

Stem cell research has blown up in recent years and has made some truly incredible strides ever since Shinya Yamanaka was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2012 for his work on the technique of converting adult skin cells into pluripotent cells, immature stem cells that have the potential to transform into nearly any cell in the body. Recently … Read More

The medical field was forever changed in the 20th century upon the discovery and increased usage of antibiotics, chemical agents used to kill or prevent the growth of bacteria. Disease-causing bacteria that have developed a resistance to antibiotics are a cause for major concern nowadays, but non-resistant bacteria, with the ability to promote the persistence … Read More

Various devices that permit the emission of light are known as luminescent probes and are cornerstones of the cellular biology and medical fields. Light is emitted at various frequencies due to atoms or molecules making a transition from a higher to a lower energy state. These various emissions comprise an emission spectrum. The molecular probes … Read More

Oxytocin is affectionately known as the “cuddle hormone”, the “bonding hormone”, and the “love hormone”. It is vitally important for establishing intimacy in the brain. Several studies have shown oxytocin’s role in childbirth, social recognition, orgasm, and pair bonding. But do we know the precise role that this hormone plays? Does it cause the warm … Read More

In Part 1 of this article series, we discussed the relevance of HIV infection and the development of AIDS. We then gave a general overview of the CRISPR/Cas system in Part 2 of this series. Finally, this last post will synthesize the two to touch on how CRISPR/Cas can be applied to develop a treatment for HIV … Read More

In Part 1 of this article series, we discussed how HIV infection and AIDS have become a major public health issue due to the ability of viral DNA to become part of human DNA. When this DNA is replicated, the infection spreads to other cells. This ends up developing into AIDS and suppressing the immune … Read More

The development of AIDS resulting from infection with the HIV-1 virus serves as a significant public health issue, killing 1.5 million worldwide yearly and infecting approximately 50,000 Americans per year. Approximately 35 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS. This HIV virus is spread through different bodily fluids, usually ones that are traded during sex or while sharing needles. … Read More

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