- Email Address
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- Research Areas
- Research Keywords
- Research Description
In my lab, we study how fatty acids are broken down in skeletal and cardiac muscle. We apply this knowledge to the understanding of human exercise performance as well as diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart failure.
- Research Summary
My research is primarily focused on understanding the regulation of mitochondrial bioenergetics, with a particular interest in studying fatty acid oxidation (breakdown of fat yielding energy) in skeletal and cardiac muscle. We also study human exercise performance as well as type 2 diabetes, heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy and various neuropathologies, all conditions that have been affiliated with alterations in mitochondria as a key event in the progression and/or development of the disease.
- Techniques Used
To examine mitochondrial function, we use isolated mitochondria, permeabilized fibres, and whole muscle incubations. In addition, we use molecular biological approaches to up-and down-regulate mitochondrial proteins, as well exercise, altered nutrition and aerobic training to study novel regulation in mitochondrial bioenergetics.
- Locations of international collaborators
University of Santa Catarina (Brazil); Maastricht University Medical Centre (The Netherlands); Universidad Finis Terrae (Chile); Stanford University (USA); Medical University of Bialystok (Poland).