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Swathi Yadlapalli, PhD

Dr. Yadlapalli [HHMI Fellow] aims to elucidate the neural and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of metabolism. Living organisms from insects to humans have evolved neural mechanisms involving circadian clocks to synchronize their physiology, metabolism and behavior with the external environment. Disruption of these clocks is associated with increased incidence of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. She has developed an ultra-sensitive calorimeter that allows for precise quantification of metabolic activity, which she will use   to investigate the circadian regulation of metabolism. These studies will provide novel insights into how networks of circadian clock neurons orchestrate daily changes in metabolism, and may be applied to the development of novel treatments for cancers and metabolic disorders, particularly those associated with circadian dysfunction.

Project title: "Neural and genetic basis of metabolic regulation"
Institution: University of Michigan
Named Award: HHMI Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Orie T. Shafer, PhD, and Edgar Meyhofer, PhD
Cancer Type: Brain, All Cancers
Research Area: Neuroscience