Headshot portrait of Hikaru Hotta - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Bioengineering
Mentor: Helen Blau, Microbiology & Immunology

Photo of USRP student Hikaru Hotta in the laboratory, with a colorful cell image on a laptop screen.Skeletal muscle is highly metabolic, and insulin insensitivity and type-II diabetes are associated with muscle wasting. Hikaru’s Stanford Bio-X project uses a novel technique to study the genetic response of muscle to exercise and glucose uptake. Results from this will better our understanding of the link between metabolism and gene expression and can lead to new therapeutic targets for type-II diabetes.