Over 250 research-active faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences--discovering and exploring every day. Though it's impossible to list all of that exciting work, we can share some current highlights.
Discovering the molecular basis of three new blood types --- UVM biologist Bryan Ballif, his research team, and international collaborators
- The names of these blood types are Langereis, Junior, and VEL.
- These breakthrough findings have important, life-and-death implications for patients needing blood transfusions.
- Undergraduate students at UVM have the privilege of working directly with Dr. Ballif and his graduate students, either for credit, work study, honors thesis research, and summer internships
- The Ballif lab primarily uses biochemical, cell biological, and proteomic methods to study the work of proteins not only in blood types, but also in cancer and neuronal development.
- Many undergraduates who have pursued research with Dr. Ballif have gone on to publish articles in prestigious scientific journals, to work in research labs, and to be accepted into highly reputable graduate/professional programs.
"The science of blood transfusion has been attempting personalized medicine since its inception," Ballif notes, "given that its goal is to personalize a transfusion by making the best match possible between donor and recipient. Identifying and making available rare blood types such as Vel-negative blood brings us closer to a goal of personalized medicine."
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