Justina Brantley

Student NameJustina Brantley
Faculty Mentor NameAndy Judge
CollegePublic Health & Health Professions
MajorHealth Science
MinorPublic Health
Research InterestsMuscle wasting, cancer, pancreatic cancer, cachexia
Academic AwardsUniversity Scholars Program 2020
OrganizationsPPAA, UFGMT
Hobbies and InterestsPainting and exercising

Research Project

The Role of CXCR2 Receptor in Pancreatic Cancer Induced Cachexia?

Examining the role of the CXCR2 receptor in relation to Interleukin-8 and CXCL1 chemokines on inducing cachexia in pancreatic cancer patients. Investigates the mechanisms by which muscle wasting occurs in cachectic patients by genetically modifying the presence of absence of the CXCR2 receptor. This research aims to determine the vital roles of inducing cachexia in pancreatic cancer patients in order to manipulate them to combat the significant body and muscle mass atrophy.