Zhou and Vella Awarded New R01

Congratulations to Dr. Beiyan Zhou and Dr. Anthony Vella on the award of their new R01 through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled, “MiR-150 regulated adipose tissue B cells in obesity”. Dr. Zhou will serve as Communicating PI on this project which delineate a novel regulatory loop of small RNA molecules, microRNA, that can impose regulation on gene expression, on B cells that are found in adipose tissue during obesity. The collaborative team will test the idea that this circuit of regulation between microRNA and B cells in fat tissue is a major mechanism that controls the damaging inflammation. We postulate that understanding this process will lead to important therapeutic opportunities to treat metabolic disease that result from obesity.

Beiyan Zhou, Ph.D.
Dr. Anthony Vella