Join us for the GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series: Connecting Academic Research & Inquiry Across Disciplines. This virtual lecture series explores a new cross-disciplinary topic each year. The goal is to promote networking and collaboration in translational health among researchers, health care providers, and policy makers from different disciplines to shift the paradigm—from seeking a cure to developing a strategy of prevention. The 2021-22 seminar series topic is metabolic syndrome.
This lecture on Fat Mass Regulation & Lipid Species will be presented by Matthew Rodeheffer, PhD, Associate Professor for the Section of Comparative Medicine and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at Yale University, is elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate fat mass and contribute to the development of diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Therefore, his research helps understand why the population is becoming so obese, and furthermore, how we can prevent obesity in the future.
The primary focus of the Rodeheffer laboratory is to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control adipose tissue mass in both normal and disease states. Adipose tissue is primarily composed of lipid-filled adipocytes, which arise from adipocyte precursor cells during embryonic and postnatal development. In obesity, adipocyte precursor cells give rise to new adipocytes, contributing the the growth of white adipose tissue.