Event Title

Rhesus Macaques Health and Natural Disasters: The Normal Range of Leukocytes

Location

Taylor 405, Madison Union, JMU

Start Date

4-6-2019 9:00 AM

Description

The larger study examines connections between genes and blood cells on the behavior of Rhesus Macaques, a social type of Old World monkeys. This research is adapted from an ongoing collaborative research project on zooniverse.org, and is being completed as part of Honors Biology coursework. The larger project aims to understand certain human behaviors related to Autism. In 2017, Hurricane Maria affected the Cayo Santiago Island, Puerto Rico, where a population of Rhesus Macaques was brought from India. Using online microscopic blood sample images provided by zooniverse.org, I am analyzing leukocyte (white blood cell) count in addition to the appearance of red blood cells in some individuals. This phase of the research focuses on setting the normal range of leukocyte count for the population and examining outliers. This helps to examine the blood cells and blood samples of individuals with significantly high leukocyte count or the presence of blood abnormalities.

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Poster

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Apr 6th, 9:00 AM

Rhesus Macaques Health and Natural Disasters: The Normal Range of Leukocytes

Taylor 405, Madison Union, JMU

The larger study examines connections between genes and blood cells on the behavior of Rhesus Macaques, a social type of Old World monkeys. This research is adapted from an ongoing collaborative research project on zooniverse.org, and is being completed as part of Honors Biology coursework. The larger project aims to understand certain human behaviors related to Autism. In 2017, Hurricane Maria affected the Cayo Santiago Island, Puerto Rico, where a population of Rhesus Macaques was brought from India. Using online microscopic blood sample images provided by zooniverse.org, I am analyzing leukocyte (white blood cell) count in addition to the appearance of red blood cells in some individuals. This phase of the research focuses on setting the normal range of leukocyte count for the population and examining outliers. This helps to examine the blood cells and blood samples of individuals with significantly high leukocyte count or the presence of blood abnormalities.