We study metabolism. Our lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico Medical School investigates how metabolic networks support the health of living organisms. Our research focuses on the fundamental principles that guide interactions between metabolic pathways.
We are intrigued by the intricate connections of central metabolic pathways. Why are they built this way? How does their function affect organismal physiology? To understand the logic behind the architecture of the metabolic network, we use the renowned model organism, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, along with its bacterial diet. Metabolomics and genetics are our favorite tools.
Our research aims to discover intricate, dynamic links in the metabolic network. We are developing both focused and more systems-level, exploratory projects around this overarching theme.