Susan K Fried, PhD Email Susan Fried
- PROFESSOR | Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease
Adipose, Biochemistry, Extracellular Matrix, Gene Expressions, Growth Factors and Receptors, Inflammation, Obesity, Receptors, Stem Cells, Translation, Translational Research, cAMP
AB, Barnard College
MS, Columbia Univ. Institute of Human Nutrition
PhD, Columbia University
, Emory University
, Medical College of Pennsylvania
Obesity Research Editor’s Choice Reviewer Award
NJ Agricultural Experiment Station Research Award
Cardiovascular, Cell Biology, Cellular Differentiation, Diabetes, Extracellular Matrix, Fibrosis, Gene Expressions, Genomics, Growth, Hormones, Insulin, Lipid Signaling, Microarray, Obesity, Oxidative Phosphorylation, Oxidative Stress, Protein Transl
Central obesity, especially visceral obesity, is associated with higher risk for metabolic disease such as Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, peripheral obesity, i.e. ‘pear-shaped’ with more storage around hips and thighs decreases risk of metabolic disease, independent of total body fat. The goal of my lab’s research is to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate adipose tissue distribution and its relationship to metabolic health. We use in vivo and in vitro approaches to understand the differential sensitivity of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissues to the lipogenic and anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids. We are also building on our early studies of metabolic differences among fat depots in men and women with analyses of genes and secreted proteins that are expressed in a sex- and depot-dependent manner. Using primary cell culture and organ culture, our basic research focuses on translationally important questions in adipose tissue biology: 1) how the adipocyte functions as an endocrine cell that can detect the level of body fat and response to the metabolic needs of the organism, and 2) mechanisms that control human adipose tissue remodeling and growth, 3) mechanisms regulating lipid droplet biology and fat oxidation in human adipocytes. A long-term goal is to develop novel therapies for obesity and related diseases by understanding the interaction of genetic and nutritional influences on susceptibility to obesity and metabolic disease, and sex- and racial differences in these relationships.
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