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Ann Wells

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I am a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition, specializing in Cellular and Molecular Nutrition.  I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2009 with a degree in Microbiology and a minor in Business.  Currently, I am investigating the role of soluble fibrin on intracellular calcium in tumor cells.  My primary research investigates the role of obesity on tumor growth in an in vivo system.  It has been shown that obesity increases the risk of certain cancers, however, the mechanism is poorly understood.  Determining how adipose tissue and tumor cells interact to further tumor growth could create new ways to reduce risk of certain cancers, as well as, new potential treatments for cancer.  Some skills I have acquired include tissue culture, flow cytometry, blood separation, microscopy, and histology.  The few moments I get out of the laboratory I enjoy running, cycling, working out and spending time with my friends, family and my 4 guinea pigs. 







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Ann Wells
Graduate Research Assistant
Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Room 232-C
SERF Building


SERF-Room 108