International Student Feature: Pratyusa Das

Weekly International Student Feature
Pratyusa Das, a Phd Student from India, collects samples on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Systemic Physiology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Her research is mainly focused on growth hormones. “Growth hormones that are secreted by pituitary regulates growth, metabolism, and other functions. Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) causes an inability of somatotrophs to produce adequate amounts of growth hormones. GHD is the most common hormone deficiency of the pituitary gland, but the etiology is unknown in the majority of cases. Approximately 1/4000 children suffer from GHD causing reduced quality of life, osteoporosis and leads to increased cardiovascular disease due to metabolic dysfunction. Understanding the mechanism behind this disease is very important,” Das said. (Monica Sharma | @mscli_cks )