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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Jared Rutter Lab

    Getting to Know Jared Rutter, PhD

    Dr. Rutter is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Dee Glen and Ida Smith Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at University of Utah.  He co-directs the Diabetes and Metabolism Center, and co-leads the Nuclear Control Cell Growth and Differentiation Program.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 Brent Stockwell, PhD

    Getting to Know Brent Stockwell, PhD

    Brent Stockwell, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and a Professor at Columbia University. Through a series of landmark studies between 2003-2012, he discovered and characterized a new form of nonapoptotic cell death involving iron and lipid peroxidation, coining the term ‘ferroptosis.’  He is our first ever recipient of the MetNet Pioneer in Metabolism Award.

  • Monday, January 29, 2024 Cholsoon Jang

    Getting to Know Cholsoon Jang, PhD

    Cholsoon Jang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine. The Jang lab investigates metabolism from a whole organism perspective, uncovering both novel concepts such as inter-organ metabolic communication, while developing cutting edge organism-level metabolomics and in vivo isotope tracing technologies.

  • Friday, January 12, 2024 Donita Brady, PhD University of Pennsylvania

    Getting to Know Donita Brady, PhD

    Donita Brady, is an Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The Brady lab has made key discoveries into how metals such as copper play key roles as a modulator of signaling cascades in the context of normal physiology as well as in cancer. 

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2023 Baker UMass MetNet conference

    Baker Participates in UMass MetNet December Conference

    Baker was thrilled to participate in our December conference and celebration of the holidays.  Our conferences feature a variety of metabolic related topics with speakers from both in and out of the UMass system.  December's event included gflash talks form the MetNet community and some heavily oxygenated trivia. Baker provided a technology presentation focused on tools for ensuring physiologically relevant oxygen conditions in cell culture workflows.  

  • Monday, November 20, 2023 Kivanc Birsoy Lab

    Getting to Know Kivanc Birsoy, PhD

    Kivanc Birsoy is an Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University.  Using unbiased genetic screens and omics approaches, the Birsoy lab has made numerous unexpected and important discoveries into how cancer cells reprogram their metabolic pathways, in particular as related to oxidative metabolism.

  • Friday, November 17, 2023 Main Event

    Video Review: The Battle for Metabolic Supremacy

    Let's Get Ready to Rumble

    October's MetNet Battle for Metabolic Supremacy between mTORC1 and AMPK was one to remember.  Guest speakers Brendan Manning and Reuben Shaw pumped up the crowd and provided outstanding science.  In this video, Dave Guertin introduces them WWE style, with their own entrance music.  

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023 Brendan Manning and Reuben Shaw

    Getting to Know Brendan Manning, PhD & Reuben Shaw, PhD

    Brendan Manning and Reuben Shaw will debate mTORC1 vs. AMPK in the Battle for Metabolic Supremacy in a MetNet showdown on October 12th.


  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 Tigist Tamir, PhD

    Getting to Know Tigist Tamir, PhD

    Tigist Tamir is a Postdoctoral Associate in Forest White’s laboratory at MIT. Her scientific focus is to identify the convergence between cancer cell signaling and metabolism. She is currently applying techniques in proteomics, metabolomics, and computational modeling to study the processes that promote resistance to cancer therapy.

  • Thursday, April 27, 2023 Søren Nielsen & Camilla Sheele

    Talking Fat with Søren Nielsen, PhD & Camilla Sheele, PhD

    We welcome Søren Nielsen and Camilla Sheele from Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss fat and how it affects human metabolism.

  • Monday, April 03, 2023 Evanna Mills, PhD

    Getting to Know Evanna Mills, PhD

    By: David Guertin, PhD

    Evanna Mills is an Assistant Professor of Cancer Immunology and Virology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. She did her postdoctoral studies with Ed Chouchani at Dana Farber from 2017-22. Evanna’s independent lab is exploring how metabolites act as signaling molecules to regulate macrophage function during homeostasis and in chronic pathologies such as metabolic disease, chronic inflammatory disease, and cancer.

  • Thursday, March 02, 2023 Will Mair, PhD

    Getting to Know Will Mair, PhD

    By: Amy Walker, PhD

    Will Mair is an Associate Professor at The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He has utilized multiple model systems throughout hos career,  discovering links between key signaling pathways and aging in flies, worms, and mammals.  His lab has identified new links between the AMPK pathway, dietary restriction, and aging.  He has also opened new areas of aging research, identifying splicing regulators as modifiers of mTORC1. His lab continues to identify mechanisms harnessing the possibility of improving life and health span by manipulating nutrient sensing pathways.

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2023 Getting to know Lynne Chantranupoing, PhD

    Getting to Know Lynne Chantranupong, PhD

    By: Dohoon Kim, PhD

    Lynne Chantranupong is a postdoctoral fellow in the Bernardo Sabatini lab at Harvard Medical School.  She conducted her PhD studies in the David Sabatini lab at the Whitehead Institute where she investigated nutrient sensing mechanisms, uncovering several key regulators of the mTORC1 pathway that signal amino acid availability to the cell.  Her postdoctoral research is deducing how neurotransmitter interactions regulate behavior.  Lynne has developed a methodology for interrogating the metabolite contents of synaptic vesicles and discovered & characterized a novel dopamine and acetylcholine circuit in the striatum that is involved in decision making in vivo. 

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023 James Olzmann, PhD UMass Met Net

    Getting to Know James Olzmann, PhD

    By: Dohoon Kim, PhD

    James Olzmann is an Associate Professor at University of California, Berkeley.  James began his scientific training at University of Michigan where he obtained his B.S., then completed his PhD studies at Emory University.  He conducted postdoctoral research with Ron Kopito at Stanford, where he investigated the regulatory mechanisms and cellular roles of lipid droplets.  His independent laboratory has expanded his work on lipid droplets and lipid metabolism to investigate mechanisms of lipotoxic damage, including uncovering the role of lipid damage accumulation in ferroptosis.  We asked James to answer some random non-scientific questions.

  • Monday, January 23, 2023 Two Truths and a Lie

    Two Truths and a Lie

    The MetNet Immunometabolism Symposium speakers were asked to provide two truths and a lie about themselves. Can you identify the lies? The person who gets the most correct answers will win a UMass MetNet T-shirt. Good Luck!

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2023 UMass Chan MetNet Immunometabolism Symposium

    Meet the Immunometabolism Symposium Speakers

    By: Nuria Martinez, PhD

    We will kick off 2023 with an Immunometabolism Symposium on Thursday, January 26 at 1:00 PM in the Sherman Center Auditorium.  It will explore the world of immune cell metabolism and feature research taking place at UMass Chan Medical School.  A Keynote lecture by Dr. Lydia Lynch from Harvard Medical School will be followed by short talks from UMass Chan scientists and Agilent.  This blog post will introduce you to the speakers.

  • Monday, November 28, 2022 Getting to Know Marcia Haigis, PhD

    Getting to Know Marcia Haigis, PhD

    By: Jessica Spinelli, PhD

    Marcia Haigis studies the role of mitochondrial metabolism in aging and disease at Harvard Medical School. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to do postdoctoral research at MIT in Leonard Guarente’s lab. Marcia will be our guest speaker December 15th as MetNet spends the month featuring mitochondrial biology.

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022 Lawrence Kazak

    Getting to Know Lawrence Kazak, PhD

    By: David Guertin, PhD

    Lawrence Kazak studies mechanisms of mitochondrial energetics in adipocytes and cancer cells at McGill University in Montreal.  He obtained his BA and MSc at York University in Toronto before completing his PhD studies in the Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge in England. His post-doctoral studies were at Harvard Medical School with Bruce Spiegelman, where he developed his current research program around thermogenic adipocytes.  We asked Lawrence to answer some science and non-science related questions. 

  • Thursday, November 03, 2022 Two Truths and a Lie

    Two Truths and a Lie

    By: Dohoon Kim, PhD

    We asked the four researchers who will be speaking at our upcoming Nutrient Sensing Symposium to provide two truths and a lie about themselves. Can you identify the false statements? The person with the most correct guesses will win a MetNet t-shirt.

  • Thursday, October 06, 2022 Haopeng Xiao

    Getting to Know Haopeng Xiao, PhD

    By: Dohoon Kim, PhD

    Our first “Fluxing Star” speaker is a postdoc in the Edward Chouchani lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.  Haopeng Xiao conducted his PhD studies at Georgia Institute of Technology where he developed and utilized novel mass spectrometry technologies for studying protein posttranslational modifications. He has developed a method to comprehensively map the mouse cysteine redox proteome in vivo during aging and established a network analysis approach that leverages genetic variations in outbred populations to define regulators of metabolic physiology. We asked Haopeng to answer random science and non-science questions.

  • Monday, September 26, 2022 MetNet Nutient Sensing

    MetNet Symposium on Nutrient Sensing to Feature UMass Chan Researchers

    By: David Guertin, PhD

    Thursday, November 10th the MetNet will feature four UMass Chan researchers during a Nutrient Sensing Symposium taking us on a journey through mechanisms of nutrient sensing beginning at the level of individual proteins (Dr. Kuang Shen), through organelle nutrient sensing (Dr. Jessica Spinelli) to cellular nutrient sensing (Dr. Read Pukilla-Worley) and concluding with organism level sensing (Dr. Jin Zhang). Each will speak for 20 minutes. 

  • Thursday, September 01, 2022 Metabolog

    The History and Future Plans of the UMass Metabolic Network

    By: David Guertin, PhD

    The Metabolog is the new official blog of the UMass Metabolic Network. This first blog post looks back at our five year history and the future goals of MetNet. Welcome!

  • Monday, August 22, 2022 Richard Possemato, PhD

    Getting to know Richard Possemato, PhD

    By: Dohoon Kim, PhD

    The first MetNet speaker of the 2022-23 academic year is Richard Possemato, Associate Professor at New York University Langone Medical Center. He conducted his PhD studies on the process of cellular transformation with Dr. William Hahn at Harvard. His postdoctoral research was at Whitehead Institute with David Sabatini, where he developed genetic and continuous flow cell culture tools for studying cancer metabolism. Richard’s lab studies various aspects of cancer metabolism including mitochondrial iron sulfur cluster and serin metabolism. We asked Rich to answer random science and non-science related questions. 

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