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CIHR Skin Research Training Centre
Trisia Breitkopf


Trisia Breitkopf (Graduate Student)

Supervisor: Dr. Kevin McElwee

Term: 2010-10-01~2011-09-30

Project Title: The role of somatostatin expression in hair follicle immune privilege


I obtained my Bachelor of Science from Idaho State University and later was grateful to obtain a position as a molecular biology lab technician at Northwest Nazarene University under Dr. Ronald Strohmeyer. My work involved optimizing experiments related to investigating the transcription factor C/EBP in Alzheimer disease. Life led me to Vancouver, BC, and I eventually applied and was accepted into the Experimental Medicine Program (UBC) to study in the Hair Research Laboratory under Dr. Kevin McElwee. I was awarded the CIHR-SRTC trainee scholarship in 2010. My project has involved searching for a functional mechanism of immune privilege in hair follicles. I have had the opportunity to gain or improve my skills in hair follicle microdissection, qPCR, ELISA, and immunohistochemistry. My research findings shed more light on basic hair biology and may have implications for hair loss disease treatments or for transplantation. In the future, I would like to explore academic editing and continue working at the bench.


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