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Damaris Lorenzo, PhD

Damaris Lorenzo, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • 5341C Medical Biomolecular Research Building
  • 111 Mason Farm Road, School of Medicine
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Damaris Lorenzo is an Assistant Professor in the Cell Biology and Physiology Department and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Nutrition Department.

The Lorenzo lab uses mouse genetics, live cell imaging, and a wide range of molecular biology and biochemical approaches to understand the roles of cytoskeletal proteins in cellular homeostasis and in human disease.

A major interest of her lab is the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms through which cytoskeleton-associated proteins ankyrins, spectrins, and their partners regulate cellular dynamics and bioenergetics in metabolically active tissues, and how their deficits contribute to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

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Honors and Awards

National Ataxia Foundation Young Investigator Award


Junior Faculty Development Award

2018, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Keystone Symposia Early Career Investigator Travel Award


Simmons Scholar

2016, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Key Publications

Cell-autonomous adiposity through increased cell surface GLUT4 due to ankyrin-B deficiency. Lorenzo, DN; Bennett, V. (2017). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 14(48), 12743-748.

Ankyrin-B metabolic syndrome combines age-dependent adiposity with pancreatic β cell insufficiency. Lorenzo, DN.; Healy, JA; Hostettler, J; Davis, J; Yang, J; Wang, C; Hohmeier, HE; Zhang, M; Bennett, V. (2015). J Clin Invest..

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