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Herman Lab

Our Major Research Interests

Our laboratory seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of pathologies including obesity; insulin resistance; impaired glucose metabolism; non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; and dyslipidemia, which predispose to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

To approach this complex problem, we investigate the molecular mechanisms by which cells in key metabolic tissues like liver and adipose tissue sense and respond to nutrients and hormonal signals. By understanding how cells integrate these diverse signals into coherent metabolic programs, we hope to delineate the mechanisms by which integrated physiological processes are regulated and how these processes go awry in disease states.
To this end, we have recently discovered a novel, potent isoform of a carbohydrate sensing transcription factor, carbohydrate-responsive element binding protein beta (ChREBP-beta), which is a critical regulator of glycolytic and de novo lipogenic gene programs and regulates glucose homeostasis. Using a combination of genetic mouse models and cellular models coupled with clinical translational studies in human subjects, we are determining ChREBP-beta’s role in diverse features of the metabolic syndrome.

Ultimately, through improved understanding of the regulation of basic metabolic processes, we hope to lay the groundwork for new approaches to the prevention and treatment of metabolic disease.

Contact Information

Herman Lab
Division Of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Life Sciences, 7th Floor
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-9344
Fax: 617-735-3323