Spring 2018 Health Equity Lecture Series: Mass Spectrometry-based Metabolomics to Reduce Health Disparities

February 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Downtown Phoenix campus
Dr. Haiwei Gu's research is focused on improving analytical technologies in metabolomics. Dr. Gu obtained his PhD degree at Purdue University in 2008, and he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Minnesota from 2009-2012. From 2012-2017, Dr. Gu worked as an Acting Assistant Professor and then Research Assistant Professor in the University of Washington. Currently (after 09/2017), Dr. Gu is an Assistant Profession in the Center for Metabolic and Vascular Biology, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University.
Currently, metabolic measurement of over 1,000 small molecules (MW<2,000 Da) is available in the Gu Lab on a routine basis (https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/arizona-metabolomics-research-center/). Metabolomics research in the Gu Lab has focused on the development of advanced analytical tools and statistical methodologies for profiling metabolites in complex biological mixtures, and their applications to study diseases, cellular metabolism, nutrition, health disparities, etc. Up to now, his research work has resulted in 5 book chapters, 3 patents, and at least 57 peer-reviewed articles. Particularly, Dr. Gu performed the first metabolomics analysis of obesity focused on Mexican Americans, using plasma samples from Mano-A-Mano, the Mexican American Cohort study. Their findings established the related metabolic profiles for BMI, and suggested new metabolic targets to understand the molecular mechanisms of weight gain and obesity in Mexican Americans.
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