Ashley Heim

Ashley HeimAdvisor: Greg Florant (Biology) and Adam Chicco (BMS)
Office: Anatomy/Zoology E214

Broadly, my research focuses on the physiological mechanisms that influence certain processes and behaviors in mammals. Specifically, I am interested in how mitochondrial function changes seasonally in hibernating mammals such as the golden-mantled ground squirrel, a species found at higher elevations in Colorado. I study how mitochondrial respiration and mitochondrial membrane composition change seasonally in these hibernating mammals, and also how cold exposure may modulate metabolic phenotype and/or mitochondrial function in hyperphagic golden-mantled ground squirrels.