Brian Balog

Brian Balog

Title: IB PhD Student
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: bmb135@zips.uakron.edu


Research

I graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2008 with a bachelors of Science degree in Biology.  While there I characterized apoptosis in Monochrysis lutheri and Euglena gracilis. After graduating I worked at the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, in the lab of Dr. Margot Damaser. While in the lab, I have gained expertise in animal handling and surgical techniques, stem cell culturing, lenti viral production, immunofluorescence staining and urinary functional testing. It was here that I realized I had an interest in researching pelvic floor disorders.

While in the IB program, Dr. Damaser will be my primary advisor, and Dr. Turner will be my Akron advisor. I will be looking in to the role of BDNF in a rat model of Stress Urinary incontinence, while in the program. As well as, the systemic affects of stem cells in a model of interstitial cystitis.

Education

B.S. Biology, Baldwin-Wallace University