Brasaemle, Dawn L.
Associate Professor; Director of Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Biochemistry and cell biology of lipid droplets.
Nutrition, Biotechnology, Metabolism.
Memberships and Professional Service
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Lipid Research; Ad Hoc Member, NIH Study Section, Cellular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity; Member, Executive Council of the Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, and North American Association for the Study of Obesity.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Principal Investigator, “Perilipins and Cellular Triacylglycerol Metabolism” RO1 DK54797 Public Health Service Research Grant, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health; Established Investigator of the American Heart Association; 2006 Award for Research Excellence, Cook College and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; 2005 Lecturer in the Institute of Human Nutrition’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Academic Interests and Plans
My laboratory conducts pioneering research investigating the biochemistry and cell biology of lipid droplets. Lipid droplets are dynamic organelles that are found in nearly all mammalian cells, and serve a particularly vital function in adipocytes where they hold the body’s major energy reserves as triacylglycerols. Obesity is characterized by the excessive storage of triacylglycerols in adipocytes, and is a growing global health problem leading to increased prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the human population. A major project in the laboratory uses approaches of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology to investigate the structural basis for perilipin function in controlling lipid droplet morphology and triacylglycerol storage and hydrolysis. We are also interested in further identification of novel lipid droplet-associated proteins and in studying the functions of these proteins.