Past Metabolism Colloquium Speakers


  • August 8: Rushika Perera, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco. Title: “Identifying and disabling the metabolic engines that fuel pancreatic cancer”
  • September 12: Rana Gupta, Professor in Medicine and Cell Biology, from Duke University School of Medicine. Title: “Mesenchymal Stomal Cells in the Regulation of Physiological and Pathophysiological Adipose Tissue Remodeling”
  • November 14:  Greg Delgoffe, Associate Professor of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh. Title:  “Fueling Cancer Immunity Through Metabolic Reprogramming”
  • December 15:  David Sherwood, Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor and Associate Chair of Biology, Duke University. Title:  “From Extracellular Matrix to High-Capacity Mitochondria”


  • July 8: Johan Auwerx, Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Title: “Cross-species genetics to map new players in mitochondria and aging”
  • September 13: Michi Taga, Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Title: Corrinoids in Communities: Nutrient Sharing in the Microbial World.
  • October 25: Evan Rosen, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Title: “Adventures in Adipose Tissue Biology”.
  • November 7:  Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Professor of Sustainable Engineering, Arizona State University. Title: “Changing the Gut Microbiome to Benefit Human Health”.
  • November 15: Peter Crawford, Professor, Departments of Medicine, and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, University of Minnesota. Title: “Protective interorgan, intercellular, and intercompartmental metabolite shuttles in obesity
  • November 28: Andreas Stahl, Professor, Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley. Title: “Organ-on-a-Chip solutions for Diabetes Research
  • December 13: Issam Ben-Sahra, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Northwestern University. Title: “Signaling and Metabolic Control of Nucleotide Metabolism”


  • April 8: Steven Farber, Principal Investigator, Carnegie Institution. Title: “Insights into lipid metabolism: From fish bioassays to human cardiovascular disease”.
  • April 13: Erik Sahai, Group Leader, Tumour Cell Biology Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute. Title: Novel Mechanisms of Tumor-Stroma Crosstalk”.
  • April 19: Kaveh Ashrafi, Professor of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco. Title: “Metabolic Regulation of Learning and Memory”
  • October 12: Ping-Chih Ho, Associate Professor, Ludwig Associate Member, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne. Title: “Immunometabolic editing drives metabolic evolution for establishing the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment”.
  • November 10: Michelle Digman, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, Title: ““Metabolic imaging using the phasor approach to FLIM and tracking phenotypic change in mitochondria in cancer cells with Mitometer”.
  • December 14: Valerie M. Weaver, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, Title: “Interplay between innate immunity and tissue tension regulates tumor progression”.


  • October 13: William Holland, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, University of Utah. Title: “Glucagon Receptor Antagonism in Beta Cell Survival and Regeneration”.
  • December 8: Russell Jones, Professor and Program Lead: Metabolic and Nutritional Programming, Van Andel Institute, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology. Title: “Metabolic regulation of adaptive immunity”.


  • May 14: Ernest Fraenkel, Professor of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Title: “Network Strategies for Interpreting Metabolomics and Integrating Omic Data”
  • October 25: Trey Ideker, Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering, and Computer Science, University of California, San Diego. Title: “Interpreting the cancer genome through physical and functional models of the cancer cell”


  • October 16: Maxim Artyomov, Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Title: “Itaconate immunology from one cell to many”
  • November 13: Mitchell Lazar, Willard and Rhonda Ware Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, University of Pennsylvania. Title: “Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Transcriptional Regulation of Metabolism”
  • December 11: Costas Lyssiotis, Assistant Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan. Title: “Metabolic Networks in the Tumor Microenvironment”


  • September 20: Thomas Gettys, Professor of Nutrient Sensing & Adipocyte Signaling, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System. Title: “Mechanisms Linking Dietary Methionine Restriction to its Metabolic Phenotype.”
  • October 18: M. Celeste Simon, Scientific Director and Investigator, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute Arthur H. Rubenstein and Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Title: “Hypoxia, Metabolism, and Tumor Progress.”
  • November 15: Luke Wiseman, Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute. Title: “Coordinating Proteostasis Environments Through the Unfolded Protein Response”
  • November 29: Eric Ortlund, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine. Title: “Phospholipid-Driven Gene Expression and New Paradigms in Nuclear Receptor Signaling”
  • December 13: Nathan Lewis, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego. Title: “A Genome-Scale View of Metabolism and the Mammalian Protein Secretion Pathway”


  • January 20: Brian Parks, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison; and Alan Attie, Professor Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Topic: “From Genetics to Molecular Mechanisms”
  • February 17: Jennifer Reed, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nicole Perna, Professor of Genetics, University of Wisconsin–Madison; and Brian Pfleger, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Topic: “Using Systems Biology to Understand Metabolism”
  • March 16: Michael Wolfgang, Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Topic: Neuroscience; Title: “Fatty Acid Metabolism in the Nervous System: Nutrients and Neurodegeneration”
  • April 20: Benjamin Tu, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Topic: Epigenetics; Title: “Something About SAM”
  • May 18: Holly Brown-Borg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota; Title: “Linking methionine metabolism to aging: Role of hormones and diet”
  • September 20: Roland Nilsson, Professor of Systems Metabolism, Karolinska Institute; Title: “Isotope tracing and model-based flux analysis”
  • October 4: Patrick Seale, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania.


  • October 21: Dan Nomura, Assistant Professor, University of California-Berkeley. Topic: Cancer; Title: “Mapping Metabolic Drivers of Disease using Chemoproteomic and Metabolomic Platforms”
  • November 18: Toren Finkel, Senior Investigator, NIH Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Topic: Aging; Title: “The Biology of Aging”
  • December 16: Ying Ge, Associate Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Fariba Assadi-Porter, Senior Scientist, NMRFAM – University of Wisconsin–Madison; Michael Sussman, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Topic: “From Molecules to Mechanisms.”