DRC member Bhagirath Chaurasia receives ADA development grant

DRC member Bhagirath Chaurasia, PhD has received a four-year, $545,100 Junior Faculty Development Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The grant will fund Dr. Chaurasia’s continuing research on the mechanisms by which ceramides regulate adipocyte overload.

We welcomed Chaurasia to the University of Iowa and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in June of 2020. Chaurasia came to the Division of Endocrinology from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah.

In December of 2020 Chaurasia’s study, “Ceramides are necessary and sufficient for diet-induced impairment of thermogenic adipocytes” was accepted to the journal of Molecular Metabolism. The study supported their hypothesis that ceramides are necessary and sufficient for the impairment in thermogenic adipocyte function that accompanies obesity.

With the help of the Junior Faculty Development Award from the ADA Chaurasia and his lab members will seek to understand how ceramides regulate nutrient sensing in thermogenic adipocytes to modulate its function.

Congratulations to Dr. Bhagirath Chaurasia!

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