NEUROSCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Mikaela Sifuentes

 
Mikaela Sifuentes

Hometown

Dallas, Texas


Education

BS, Biology

University of Dallas - Irving, Texas


Lab Association

James Lechleiter, Ph.D.


Hobbies and Interests

Drawing, Live Music, Exploring the City and Hiking


Research

Mikaela's research focuses on the underlying mechanisms of thyroid hormone enhanced neuroprotection after acute brain injuries. She is interested in examining the role of fatty acid oxidation (FAO) in this process. In particular, how stimulation of FAO by thyroid hormones may be mediated by complex formation of a mitochondria enzyme called the Trifunctional Protein. She is currently developing a new optical microscopy approach, super-resolution, to directly study this process in vivo.



• Books and Publications •

Sifuentes, MM. (2015) Thoughts About Careers: Q&A Interview with Mikaela Sifuentes The Pipette Gazette Feb 11


Sayre, N., Chen, Y., Sifuentes, MM., Stoveken, B. and Lechleiter JD. (2014) Purinergic Receptor Stimulation Decreases Ischemic Brain Damage by Energizing Astrocyte Mitochondria. Adv Neurobiol. 11:121-50



• Lectures, Posters and Presentations •

Texas A&M Summer Undergraduate Research Focus (SURF) Symposium - Corpus Christi, TX. - July 2011

Sifuentes, MM. : Evaluation of Five Methods for Oil Extraction and Esterification (Poster)



• Grants, Funding and Research Support •

American Heart Association SWA Summer 2015 Predoctoral Fellowship - 1/16 thru 12/17