Jay Garaycochea

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

(319) 352-8385

(319) 352-8606

jay.garaycochea@wartburg.edu

More about Jay Garaycochea

Educational Background

B.S., San Jose State University, 2009

Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2014

Current area of research
My current area of research focuses on membrane bound G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). In particular, I am interested in GPCRs that do not have well known means of activation or function, which are known as orphan GPCRs. I study these orphans GPCRs in two different ways; the first is to clone these receptors from the mouse retina and brain in order to express those receptors in immortalized cell lines for further research. The second way I research orphan GPCRs is through recording their function using electrophysiology. Electrophysiology is a technique in which the electrical conductance of a cell is monitored for changes, which indicates activation of channels and can provide insights into the potential functions of GPCRs. Students who study in my lab will be offered a variety of projects based on their interests in these lines of research.

Research interests
My research interests span across disciplines, including psychology, cell physiology, and molecular biology. The goal of such multidisciplinary research is to combine various techniques and methods to address questions that cannot be answered without a multifaceted approach. An example of a current project is measuring the cortisol and amylase level in response to stressful stimuli in human participants. I am open to a variety of ideas, and I am eager to work with students to design a project that fits within their future interests.

Advising Knowledge
Neuroscience

Courses Taught
BI 151 Biology I Ecosystems, Cells, and Evolution
BI 152 Phylogeny, Structure, Function
NSC 235 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
NSC 135 Biology of the Mind
BI 461 Science Seminar

Recent employment: Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Rochester; Co-chair of the Postdoctoral Association; Facilitator for ethics and professional integrity at the University of Rochester