The main focus of Victoria Vieira-Potter’s laboratory is how behavioral (e.g., diet, exercise, environmental toxin exposure) and biological (e.g., aging, hormonal changes) factors influence metabolic function, specifically via modulation of the immuno-physiology of adipose (i.e., fat) tissue.
Specific areas of interest include:
- The relationship between white adipose tissue (WAT) inflammation and systemic metabolic function (e.g., insulin resistance and fatty liver)
- How diet and exercise affect body composition and WAT inflammation
- How estrogen loss and estrogen receptor signaling affect WAT metabolic function
- Sex differences in WAT metabolic function
Dr. Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Award for project titled “Role of Uncoupled Protein 1 (UCP-1) in the Sexual Dimorphism of Metabolic Response to High Fat Diet,” 2015.