Dr. Warrier joins the NRI this month as our newest faculty member. Her research focus is the “browning” of fat and its effects on metabolism and obesity. Brown fat is plentiful in infants and has been recently identified in adults. Brown fat burns energy, whereas the more predominant white fat in adults conserves energy. Activation of brown fat is a promising therapy to treat obesity and metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Warrier received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo in 2008, and has completed two postdoctoral appointments: first at Sanford Turnham Diabetes and Obesity Research Center in Orlando, FL and later at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation located in Cleveland, OH.

We’re eager to learn about the intersections of energy expenditure, metabolism and obesity from Dr. Warrier’s research at the NRI.