Yazmin Rovira Gonzalez

About Yazmin Rovira Gonzalez

By day, you can find Yaz in the lab, where she peers into the inner workings of muscle cells to make discoveries that may someday help treat metabolic disorders. On the weekends, she's out exploring and photographing the mountain trails with her trusty sidekick, Bailey the hiking wiener dog.

Posts by Yazmin Rovira Gonzalez:

Inhibiting Oxidation to Treat Heart Disease

Inhibiting Oxidation to Treat Heart Disease

You have probably heard of antioxidants and the many “superfoods” that inhibit oxidation, such as dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, kale, goji berries and others. But if antioxidants are good, does that mean oxidants are bad? What are oxidants anyway? They are reactive agents, produced both inside your body and in the environment around you that(...)

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When the Consequences of Sweeteners Are Not Sweet

When the Consequences of Sweeteners Are Not Sweet

Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Sunkist, Mountain Dew, Sunny D, Brisk, Fanta, Kuat, Capri Sun and others — what do these drinks have in common? They’re all sugar-sweetened beverages. Sugar-sweetened beverages, or sugary drinks, are composed of any liquid sweetened with one or more forms of sugars, and they are the main source of added(...)

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Partnering Toward Discovery: A Focus on Inclusion Body Myositis

Partnering Toward Discovery: A Focus on Inclusion Body Myositis

Many people are not familiar with a rare disease called inclusion body myositis (IBM). Most have never heard of it. On Jan. 22, 2019, Harry Benjamin Larman and students Janelle Montagne, Sahana Jayaraman and Kyla Britson presented their clinical and basic science research on IBM at the first event in this year’s Partnering Toward Discovery(...)

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Careers in Consulting, Business and Finance: What Are They Like and How Can You Launch into Them?

Careers in Consulting, Business and Finance: What Are They Like and How Can You Launch into Them?

Recently professionals from all over the country who work in various sectors have been invited every month to the Investigating Careers and Networking (iCAN) Speaker Series at Johns Hopkins. Launched earlier this year by the Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO), the speaker series offers an opportunity for panelists and students to interact in an(...)

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Hope for Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Hope for Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Think back to when you were a kindergarten-age kid. Your teachers seemed like giants, and you likely had limitless energy to run around, jump, and play tag with your classmates. Now, imagine that every time you tried to run after your friends at the playground, you waddled everywhere and fell frequently. Imagine that whenever you(...)

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Advancing the Manufacturing of Human Cell and Gene Therapies

Advancing the Manufacturing of Human Cell and Gene Therapies

Cellular and gene therapy-related research in the United States is growing at a fast pace, with many products moving forward in clinical development. Applications of these cellular and gene therapies range from using a person’s own cells and genetically altering them to fight cancer, to replacing a gene in the eye to restore vision in(...)

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Targeting Diabetes with a High-Fiber Diet: It’s All in Your Gut!

Targeting Diabetes with a High-Fiber Diet: It’s All in Your Gut!

Right this moment, your gastrointestinal tract is crammed with a vast number of different microbes, together referred to as the human gut microbiota. Don’t be too alarmed though, as this complex gut microbial ecosystem maintains a mutual and beneficial relationship with you. Given the bad reputation some bacteria have as being infectious and antibiotic-resistant, you(...)

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Titan Titin: When Mutations in the Largest Known Protein Affect the Heart

Titan Titin: When Mutations in the Largest Known Protein Affect the Heart

“We know from our clinical experience in the practice of medicine that in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, the individual and his background of heredity are just as important, if not more so, as the disease itself.” — Paul Dudley White (1886–1973), Chief Consultant, National Heart Institute For the second installment of the Heart, Lung and(...)

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Sleep May be a Curious Piece in the Alzheimer’s Disease Puzzle (Part 2)

Sleep May be a Curious Piece in the Alzheimer’s Disease Puzzle (Part 2)

This blog post is part of an in depth look at research linking sleep and Alzheimers. Read part 1 on the importance of sleep.  How is chronic sleep deprivation linked to Alzheimer’s disease? Sleep deprivation refers to the ongoing shortening or complete loss of sleep due to externally imposed restrictions, such as choosing to binge on just(...)

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Sleep May be a Curious Piece in the Alzheimer’s Disease Puzzle (Part 1)

Sleep May be a Curious Piece in the Alzheimer’s Disease Puzzle (Part 1)

This blog post is part of an in depth look at research linking sleep and Alzheimers. Think about your sleep quality for the past few months. Has your sleep been routinely interrupted or has it been restful? Has your sleep become worse with age? Perhaps the stresses of your daily life have intruded upon your ability(...)

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