Archives for April 14, 2016

Studying blood for the greater good

Elizabeth Bowles, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, extracts a blood sample while working on her research in Schrenk Hall.

Elizabeth Bowles, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, extracts a blood sample while working on her research in Schrenk Hall.

Elizabeth Bowles, a Ph.D. student in chemistry at Missouri S&T, has had a rather unconventional goal for the past several years: improve the care of patients with conditions like diabetes or pulmonary arterial hypertension by reducing severe adverse side effects of pharmaceuticals through a new and innovative drug delivery system.

Bowles first started tackling her goals as a researcher at Saint Louis University (SLU).

“My research advisor at SLU had the idea that red blood cells play a role in vessel dilation,” says Bowles. “We wanted to find out what effect the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) has on vessel dilation and how ATP levels tie in with different medical conditions.” [Read more…]