Presenter Information

Edison Michael HurhFollow

Major

Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Open Access

Abstract

Metal ions such as magnesium play a key role in a countless number of biological processes. Previous studies show that reduced intracellular magnesium concentrations in the eye contributes to the progression of cataracts disease, the leading cause of blindness in the world. This study aims to further investigate the concentrations of magnesium ions in cataracts samples, and may be accomplished through testing methods such as ion chromatography and UV-Vis spectroscopy, which are used with biological samples to detect metal ion concentrations. Elevated or lowered concentrations of magnesium in cataracts samples would be significant at both the biological and environmental level.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Martina Schmeling, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry; Michelle Lund, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry

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Detection and Quantification of Magnesium in Biological Samples

Metal ions such as magnesium play a key role in a countless number of biological processes. Previous studies show that reduced intracellular magnesium concentrations in the eye contributes to the progression of cataracts disease, the leading cause of blindness in the world. This study aims to further investigate the concentrations of magnesium ions in cataracts samples, and may be accomplished through testing methods such as ion chromatography and UV-Vis spectroscopy, which are used with biological samples to detect metal ion concentrations. Elevated or lowered concentrations of magnesium in cataracts samples would be significant at both the biological and environmental level.