My laboratory studies the regulation of body weight and metabolism—the processes through which food is converted into the energy. We perform experiments in both humans and rodents to better understand the complex mechanisms that control
- metabolism of macronutrients—proteins, fats, and carbohydrates;
- food choice and eating behavior;
- body weight and composition; and
- energy expenditure, which is the amount of calories used to maintain life and perform physical work.
A unique aspect of our research group is that we develop mathematical models to describe, explain, integrate, and predict the results of our experiments.