U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Paolo Piaggi

 Contact Info

Tel: 602-440-6584
Email: paolo.piaggi@nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Visiting FellowNIDDK2012-2016
  • Special VolunteerNIDDK2011-2012
  • Ph.D. in Automation, Robotics and BioengineeringUniversity of Pisa2012
  • M.S. in Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Pisa2008
  • B.S. in Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Pisa2006

 Related Links

  • Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics
  • Clinical Research
  • Computational Biology/Bioinformatics/Biostatistics/Mathematics
  • Epidemiology/Population Sciences
  • Genetics/Genomics
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research Summary

Research Goal

The ultimate goal of our group is to understand the physiology of weight gain and weight loss, find new ways to prevent weight gain, help overweight people lose weight more easily, and prevent the consequences of excess adiposity.

Current Research

Our group is interested in understanding the determinants of the energy balance equation (energy intake and expenditure) and the role these play in contributing to weight change. I am the principal investigator on one ongoing study investigating whether adaptive thermogenesis during overfeeding or caloric restriction explain variation in weight gain or weight loss, and whether spend-thrift versus thrifty phenotypes can be identified by measuring energy expenditure during fasting and overfeeding inside a whole-room indirect calorimeter. I am also interested in the genetic determinants of energy intake and expenditure that may predispose individuals to obesity.