Mentor: Nicolas Rohner, PhD
Bats are an extremely diverse and successful group of mammals. A trait that has evolved multiple times in bats is preference for a sugary nectar diet. Jasmin Camacho is studying wild bats using cutting-edge metabolomics to identify and map the metabolic mechanisms that protect against the damaging effects of sugar consumption. Camacho’s goal is to uncover the nectar adaptations that underlie how mammals thrive on increased sugar consumption, which could help efforts to fight metabolic diseases like diabetes.