Metabolism and nutrition
Metabolism and nutrition encompasses the molecular basis of biological processes as they relate to endocrine, reproductive, metabolic, and nutritional disorders.
Our researchers study the mechanisms in diabetes, endocrine function and dyslipidemias.
Others are investigating the role of nutrients and of toxic substances such as metals in our environment. The effects of hormones on tissues such as the thyroid, bone, and reproductive organs are also included in this area of research.
Experimental approaches include investigations of gene structure and function, cell signaling, transcriptional regulation, metabolomics, mouse genetics, and animal physiology.
Faculty members are involved in innovative clinical and basic research that focuses on:
- the pathogenesis of obesity and Type II diabetes
- identification of autoimmune markers and mediators of Type I diabetes
- pancreatic stem cells and islet transplantation
- metabolic disorders of blood lipids that lead to hypercholesterolemia and dyslipidemia
- insight into metabolic factors that contribute to bone loss, osteoporosis and renal failure
- endocrine derangements that accompany conditions of the thyroid, pituitary and reproductive glands