Liza Makowski Lab
Liza Makowski, Ph.D. has joined the faculty in the Division of Biochemistry as of January 1, 2010. Stop by her lab in The Michael Hooker Research Center to say hello. Liza received her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Nutrition. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University where she studied muscle insulin resistance and mitochondrial metabolism, Dr. Makowski has joined our faculty. The Makowski Lab studies metabolism and inflammation of white blood cells called macrophages and how that relates to obesity and cancer. One ongoing project is a genomic and metabolic analysis of a high-fat diet study in rats fed Cafeteria diet, which is actually food that people eat including chips, cookies, pepperoni, etc. They will look at metabolic and inflammatory pathways and how macrophages behave on this nasty diet. While at Duke, Dr. Makowski received 5 years of NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence funding for her research on macrophages. Dr. Makowski is very excited to be part of a highly collaborative environment where she aims to be successful in conjunction with great people as well as teach and work with the top students in the Nation. She has started up her lab with outstanding people:
Alex Freemerman, Ph.D., is the laboratory manager and lead research specialist. He holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia and has more than 15 years of experience in bench research focused on pre-clinical cancer drug discovery, including 10 years as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center studying mouse models of cancer.