“ Calcinosis in
Patient Education Forum, Albany NY
Sept. 10, 2016
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About Mr. Miller:
I am in my fourth year as a student at ACPHS. I have always had a
love for science, which really began to flourish in my high school
chemistry class. Since then, I have been fascinating with the biologic
sciences, leading me to apply to Albany College of Pharmacy and
Health Sciences (ACPHS). Here I discovered a newfound fascination
with immunology; how our body defends itself against foreign
invaders. Immunology quickly became my favorite class, and I decided
I needed to pursue an opportunity that was presented to work with Dr. Shapiro in Scleroderma research.
I have also learned a lot about cell biology on a molecular level in
my time at ACPHS, and have been able to apply this knowledge
to my work with Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Jessica Farrell in researching
calcinosis in scleroderma. This is a very under studied manifestation
of this disease, and we currently lack any effective treatment. Our
suspicion is that these calcium deposits are the result of chronic
digital ischemia. My current research involves investigation of the
potential molecular players in this process, particularly the protein
hypoxia inducible factor, with the goal to establish a concrete link between calcinosis and tissue hypoxia.