Pamela Padilla

University of North TexasUnited States of America

Dr. Pamela Padilla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico, conducted her post-doctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and was a Glenn Visiting Scholar at the Salk Institute. She has received funding support from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. She received prestigious awards and honors including being named a Kavli Fellow and awarded an Early Career Award for Research and Creativity at UNT and an NSF CAREER. Her research interests include environmentally induced arrest in various organisms (nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and killifish Austrofundulus limnaeus). Currently, her laboratory focus involves understanding how genetics and environmental factors, such as diet, influence the response to oxygen deprivation. At UNT she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of Genetics and Stress Physiology.

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This book reviews how severe oxygen deprivation affects biological systems - from the molecular to the ecological level. The contributing authors come from diverse regions of the world, which proves the interest in the academic analysis of oxygen deprivation. The diversity in the experimental approach scientists take, in order to understand the influence oxygen deprivation has on living systems, is apparent throughout this book. One of the presented ideas deals with the exploration and examination of the physiological, cellular and genetic characteristics of killifish embryos and nematodes exposed to anoxia. Furthermore, the book includes material on the mechanisms regulating hypoxia and anoxia tolerance and their implications of on human health issues. Finally, new methodologies to examine oxygen deprivation and the impact of human-related activities on oxygen level, within important ecological systems such as Lake Victoria, are presented. There is no doubt that the oxygen molecule is central to every stratum of biological systems.

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