Our lab aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanism of the development and prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Our research primarily focuses on the following areas: 1) understanding the role of brown and white adipose tissue as a secretory organ in the regulation of energy metabolism, metabolic inflammation, and glucose/lipid metabolic homeostasis, 2) understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of brown and white adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and aging, and 3) elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which dietary components regulate energy metabolism and metabolic inflammation in obesity.

Xiaoli ChenDr. Xiaoli Chen, PhD. M.D.
Professor and General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods, Director of Graduate Studies in Nutrition
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN  55108-1038
Office Phone: (612) 626-1220
Fax: (612) 625-5272
E-Mail: xlchen@umn.edu

Open Positions

We are always looking for high quality and enthusiastic students and postdoctoral fellows to contribute to our research team. The wide variety of state-of-the-art techniques including proteomics, genomics and molecular biology are utilized to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanism of the development of obesity and diabetes and the regulatory role of dietary factors in energy metabolism.

For more information, contact us at xlchen@umn.edu