Rebecca MacPherson, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Sciences

Office: STH 315
905 688 5550 x6620

My research program strives to understand the relationship between disturbances in cellular homeostasis and metabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.  The aims of my research program is two pronged: 1) to understand the role of lipid metabolism in maintaining cellular homeostasis with a focus on the role of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) in the regulation of fat metabolism in adipose tissue, skeletal muscle, and liver in health and disease; 2) to understand the cellular mechanisms and pathology that contribute to neurodegeneration in metabolic disease.

  • Lipid metabolism
  • Skeletal muscle and adipose tissue lipolysis
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Regulation of brain beta-amyloid peptide production
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Pathology
  • Pathophysiology of the Metabolic Syndrome