Romie Powell

I am a lab technician here in the Kipnis lab after joining in September 2017. I graduated in 2014 from Bridgewater College with a BS in Biology and finished my MS in Biology in 2017 at James Madison University. My research at JMU investigated the effect of ambient temperature on surgical recovery in Sprague-Dawley rats. Many experiments today use lab animals with specific housing guidelines to ensure the health of the animals in a research lab setting. An important aspect of these conditions is ambient temperature. Current ambient temperature guidelines for Sprague-Dawley rats allows for thermal stress during surgical recovery, which affects the animal’s overall physiology. Along with this experiment, I also explored the role of brainstem 5HT1A and GABA-A receptors in the thermoregulatory response to hypoxic stress. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one of the leading causes of death in infants due to hypoxia. Research suggests Serotonin and GABA receptors play a role in survivability under hypoxia. Using a cannula, we were able to microinject different drugs into the raphe pallidae to emulate SIDS.