I joined Dr. Justin Brown’s lab in the Fall of 2015 after graduating in 2014from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. My current research investigates the effect of ambient temperature on surgical recovery in Sprague-Dawley rats. Many experiments today use lab animals with specific housing guidelines to ensure the health of the animals in a research lab setting. An important aspect of these conditions is ambient temperature. Current ambient temperature guidelines for Sprague-Dawley rats may allow for thermal stress, which affects the animal’s overall physiology and ability to recover from surgery. Thermal stress can affect the overall health of the rats and the recovery rate from experimentation and surgical instrumentation.

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