A shift towards physically undemanding work combined with diets high in carbohydrates and saturated fat has laid the ground for the current obesity epidemic worldwide. In this scenario, the adipocyte, a major regulator of energy balance, plays both a beneficial and a detrimental role in metabolism. My research focuses on the genetic, molecular and physiological cues that drive mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into the adipogenic lineage. Specifically, I am interested in the systemic and microenvironmental signals that control the behavior (proliferation, differentiation and death) of adipocyte progenitors/MSCs in vivo.
After obtaining my M.Sc. from the University of Buenos Aires I did my doctoral work at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, where I studied regulatory mechanisms of gene expression in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. I love my family and friends, and enjoy traveling, sailing, reading and scoring nice goals.