Thermogenic fat cells that convert chemical energy into heat are present in both mice and humans. Recent years have witnessed a great advancement in our understanding of the regulation of these adipocytes and an increased appreciation of the potential these cells have to counteract obesity.
Our research aims to understand the formation and activation of these fat cells and reveal how they may influence systemic metabolism.
In the News
- Receptor proteins that respond to nicotine may help fat cells burn energy: study, Xinhua News (2018)
- Cinnamon makes fat cells burn energy, Yahoo News and other outlets (2017)
- Why the cold winter may have been good for you weight-wise, The Washington Post (2015)
Fat cells that ... burn fat?, The Atlantic (2012)
- Boston researchers discovery a new type of energy-burning fat, The Boston Globe (2012)
- Calorie-burning “Beige Fat” Identified, Harvard Magazine (2012)
- 'Beige' Fat Joins Brown Fat as Potential Weight-Loss Target, U.S. News & World Report (2012)