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Christa Hestekin

Associate professor of chemical engineering, University of Arkansas

Dr. Christa Hestekin’s research lies in two primary areas: 1) investigation of early stage protein aggregation using microchannel electrophoresis and 2) evaluation of algal properties for biofuel production.  Early stage protein aggregation has been implicated in a variety of diseases in including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.  The Hestekin lab has previously explored the use of microchannel electrophoresis to investigate the effects of solution conditions and sample preparation on the oligomeric, pre-beta sheet aggregates.  The lab is currently focused on investigating the conditions for physiological detection of protein aggregates using fluorescent labels as well as the separation and identification of individual oligomeric species.  In addition, the Hestekin lab is interested in how growth, processing and storage conditions of algae affect the amount of biofuel (bioethanol, biobutanol, or biodiesel) that can be produced.

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See also: Academia University of Arkansas - Public research university, Arkansas

Christa Hestekin News

Experts create nephron-like device that mimics kidney ion transport

Singularity Hub - 03-Jun-2020

Implantable artificial kidneys brought one step closer with this tech