Dr. Ingram's research project will study Vitamin K, and specifically the role of the Vitamin K Epoxide Reductase (VKOR) enzyme as it relates to coagulation. Deficiencies in VKOR, although rare, can lead to bleeding. Since the gene for VKOR was only recently identified in 2004, the goal of Dr. Ingram's research will be to gain a better understanding of the enzyme's biochemical properties and function. This information could lead to the design and development of more effective therapeutics for blood disorders.
Dr. Ingram earned his PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University and already has two first-author publications resulting from his PhD research. He will pursue his research under the mentorship of Dr. Darrel Stafford, Professor of Biology and Pathology at UNC-Chapel Hill.