BYU Undergrad received the 2016 Student Research Achievement Award at Biophysical Society's 60th Annual Meeting
Jason is currently researching the effect of alcohol on cell membranes. Neurons communicate with each other by releasing neurotransmitters, which are packaged in vesicles inside of neurons. Jason and his team have found that alcohol decreases the ability of vesicles to fuse with nerve cell membrane and release neurotransmitter. Their data suggest a new mechanism which may cause drunkenness in humans. Jason received the Student Research Achievement Award in the category of endo/exocytosis at the annual Biophysical Society Meetings.