WV professor, student accepts grants from NASA to continue research

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A Fairmont State professor and a student have both received grants from NASA to continue their research.

Fairmont State University sign on Squibb Wilson Boulevard (Image WBOY)

Dr Julia dos Santos is Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. She received the 2020-21 NASA Grant Faculty Research Award which will contribute to her research on the effect of endocrine disrupting compounds on skeletal muscle and mitochondrial DNA damage and muscle strength. In other words, she focuses on how exercise can help hinder the development of diabetes and obesity, both of which are very common in West Virginia.

Dr dos Santos said this grant is essential for his research, as it has enabled him to purchase equipment and products that can move his project forward.

Additionally, Taylor Kennedy, a junior at Fairmont State University, received the 2021-22 NASA Space Grant Scholarship Award for advancing her project on the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the distribution of fat, blood pressure and 14, 15-DHET. among college-aged students. Kennedy studied under the mentorship of Dr. dos Santos.

“Dr. dos Santos really took me under his wing,” Kennedy said. “It’s exciting to receive this grant and to see where this research takes me.”

“Dr. dos Santos is a perfect example of the kind of faculty we attract,” said Mirta M. Martin, president of Fairmont State University. “Not only is she an expert in her field, but she’s also a teacher – caring mentor, dedicated to sharing her expertise with her students, as well as nurturing and nurturing their research skills and passions. The kind of hands-on learning Kennedy is experiencing under Dr. dos Santos’ guidance will be invaluable to her growth in as a student and her future goals.

Kennedy said she would start work on her project in January.

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