2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Anonymous Donor
Mentor: Joseph Wu, Medicine (Cardiovascular) and Radiology

Eric is interested in studying autophagy, a biological process by which cells in the face of stress, such as during starvation, degrade their internal parts to recycle remains as nutrients needed for survival. This process is implicated in many important diseases such as heart attack, heart failure, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Because currently there is not a way to investigate autophagy in mice without sacrificing them, Eric is developing a novel imaging tool that would enable the long-term monitoring of this process in living mice.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

A Novel Bioluminescence Reporter-Based Sensor for Interrogating Drug-Induced Autophagy

Eric Marceau1, Ian Chen1, Joseph Wu1
[Stanford Cardiovascular Institute1, Stanford University]