Please join us in welcoming Bhagirath Chaurasia, MS, PhD, to the University of Iowa and to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Chaurasia comes to the Division of Endocrinology from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah. He received his PhD from the University of Cologne in Germany before working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.
“The key attraction for me to come to the University of Iowa was the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center led by Dr. Dale Abel that has established itself at the forefront of diabetes research both nationally and internationally. What is unique about FOEDRC is that it not only provides the excellent research infrastructure, but it hosts a combination of young and senior researchers with a common interest in diabetes research. The breadth and depth of the research and the collaborative opportunities along the common theme of diabetes was certainly an attraction for me to come to University of Iowa,” Chaurasia said.
Dr. Chaurasia’s lab is interested in understanding how ectopic lipid accumulation during inflammation and obesity impairs metabolic homeostasis. His research thus far has revealed that lipid metabolites, ceramides that are induced both under obesity and inflammation, are important drivers of cardiometabolic disease. They have found that ceramides act as nutrient signals that modulate metabolism in a diverse range of cell types such as adipocytes. Building on these findings, their research program now aims to understand how ceramide synthesis is regulated and elucidate molecular mechanisms that impart ceramides and their toxicity.
“I am excited to train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Iowa while establishing a research program that is competitive and well-funded,” Chaurasia said.