Damaris Lorenzo, PhD
Damaris Lorenzo, Ph.D.
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.
Lorenzo Lab: http://www.lorenzolab.org/
Honors and AwardsNational Ataxia Foundation Young Investigator Award
2018Junior Faculty Development Award
2018, The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillKeystone Symposia Early Career Investigator Travel Award
2016, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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..