Credentials: Nutritional Sciences Department
Position title: Causal genes of metabolic diseases
1415 Lindon Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Cellular & Molecular Metabolism; Physiology; Systems Biology
The Parks Lab is focused on identifying causal genes of common metabolic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease that connect genetic variation to disease susceptibility in humans. Using human genetics and systems genetics based approaches; we have developed methods to pinpoint new genes that are involved in human metabolic diseases. Through detailed cellular and biochemical studies, we aim to understand how these undescribed genes contribute to disease. Our current work has focused on lipid metabolism where we have uncovered and biochemically characterized new biological pathways that regulate how cholesterol is sensed and regulated in the body.