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‘The Biology of Obesity from Health to Disease’ Topic for Kritzler Lecture

Feb 17, 2010

Dr. David BernlohrDr. David Bernlohr will deliver Ohio Northern University’s 2010 Kritzler Lectureship in Chemistry, titled “The Biology of Obesity from Health to Disease,” on Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in 107 Meyer Hall of Science.

Dr. David Bernlohr is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and postdoctoral degree in molecular biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also holds the Cargill Chair in Systems Biology of Human Metabolism at the University of Minnesota.

A highly distinguished educator and researcher, Bernlohr has consistently made significant contributions in instruction and scholarly activity. During his career, he has published more than 100 original research reports in peer-reviewed journals and received more than $10 million in extramural funding. Bernlohr is a member of ASBMB and AAAS and serves on numerous editorial boards. He also chaired the NIH-Integrated Physiology of Obesity and Diabetes study section from 2008-09 and was a member of the Integrated Physiology of Obesity and Diabetes study section from 2004-09. In 1999, Bernlohr received the American Diabetes Association Arnold Soskin Award and the Stanley Dagley Distinguished Teacher Award.

His current research focuses on the role of adipose biology in health and disease. In one project, the Bernlohr laboratory studies fatty acid binding proteins and their role in mediating lipid metabolism and inflammation. In a second project, he examines the function of glutathione S-transferase A4 in oxidative stress and the development of type 2 diabetes. In still another study, he is examining the role of proteins secreted by adipocytes as endocrine regulators of energy metabolism. His former Ph.D. students and post-docs have gone on to distinguished careers in industry, academia and public service.

The annual Kritzler Lectureship, named in honor of ONU alumnus Dr. James Kritzler, is sponsored by ONU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, a signature focus of the institution. The lectureship was established in 1996 as a way to afford students access to major new developments in chemistry presented by a scientist recognized as a masterful communicator of ideas.

This event is free and open to the public.