The Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory is focused on understanding the mechanisms that cause obesity and obesity-related complications. By understanding the basis of obesity we are interested in developing strategies to ameliorate obesity and its complications.
1. Define the role and mechanisms of adipocyte death in obesity-associated inflammation and metabolic disorders using genetic and nutritional models of adipocyte growth and death.
2. Determine the role of the macrophage in modulating adipocyte death and associated adipose tissue inflammation using genetically altered animal models.
3. Determine the mechanisms by which alterations in Lipid Droplet (LD) proteins modulate lipolysis and risk of developing metabolic disorders.
Andrew S. Greenberg, M.D.
Director, Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory
Senior Scientist and Associate Professor, Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine, Nutrition
Research focus: Etiology of obesity and its complications; the role of inflammation in metabolic disorders and the regulation of adipocyte metabolism, inulin resistance, and diabetes
Martin Obin, Ph.D.
Scientist I and Associate Professor, Nutrition
Research focus: nutrient effects on obesity-associated complications and aging
Katherine Strissel, Ph.D.
Research focus: potential role(s) of macrophage infiltration of obese adipose tissue in progression towards type II diabetes
Qing-Wu Yan, Ph.D.
Research focus: Excess calorie-related metabolic complications - obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes
Yunkyoung Lee, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate
Research focus: the role of obesity-associated inflammation in metabolic disorders
Eugene Chang, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate
Brooke Hasson, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate
Victoria Vieira, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate
Sajid Hussain, MD Postdoctoral Associate
You-Ree Cho, Ph.D. Research Associate
Chen Xie, B.A. Research Technician
Jason DeFuria Graduate Student
Grace Bennett, M.S. Graduate Student
Vladimir Kustanovich, B.S. Graduate Student
Mary Beth Keith, Budget and Administrative Assistant
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