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RadioActive: Stem Cells and Nicotine

By Michael Matthiesen posted Oct 22, 2013 at 05:42 PM

Sunday @ 6PM, Americans understand smoking is bad, but, how bad is a fairly gray area. Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate Carlos Carballosa and UM Miller School of Medicine spearheaded brand new research on how nicotine hinders the role stem cells play when recovering from an injury. Carlos' research has found that the more nicotine in your system, the longer the recovery.

Originally from New Orleans, LA, Carlos is in his second year as a PhD student of Biomedical Engineering. Carlos attended the University of Miami for his undergraduate studies and obtained his Bachelors in Science in Biomedical Engineering. He then went on to pursue his Masters degree at Miami and served as a GSA Senator for two terms. He is a published author in Stem Cells and Development and his current research focuses on the effects of cigarette smoke on adult stem cell populations. You can usually find Carlos in the undergraduate biomedical engineering labs working as a TA or at the Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital conducting his research under his mentor Dr. Herman S. Cheung. He is an avid Miami sports fan and can't wait for a Heat 3-peat!

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