LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A professor at UW-La Crosse is getting a large grant to conduct what could be life-saving research.
Biology professor Scott Cooper was recently awarded a nearly $340,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. As part of his study, Cooper is taking a look at the effect of hibernation on blood clotting in squirrels.
By figuring out which proteins and cells keep a squirrel's blood from clotting, he hopes to find similar proteins in humans that could prevent or break down clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes.
Cooper is also offering between 20 and 30 undergrad students a chance to work on what could be groundbreaking research.
"Each year I usually have one or two papers published, and we'll have 8 to 10 students as co-authors on the paper. So the work that they're doing, if they get a figure that we can put into a paper, they're a co-author on the paper, so I think that's a really good thing for an undergraduate," said Cooper.
He says a handful of students have been working on the research over the summer but work will ramp up once classes begin after Labor Day.
- Water-damaged cars from Hurricane Harvey may end up for sale locally
- Walker to launch re-election campaign Nov. 5 in Waukesha
- Watt brothers' Badgers bobblehead unveiled
- Receptionist's family sues over fatal Minnesota school blast
- Iowa City bans smoking, chewing tobacco in all city parks
- Search to resume for missing boater
- Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period
- Part of Market Street, La Crosse closed for utility work
- Packers QB Brett Hundley prepares for 1st NFL start
- Enchanted Forest returns to Myrick Park this weekend