Elizabeth Gilbert

photo of Scholar Elizabeth GilbertThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Elizabeth Gilbert, an assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences, for her research aimed at improving animal production traits and developing strategies to reduce the prevalence of obesity. Her work attempts to answer questions important to plants, livestock, and human health.

The amount and location of fat in an animal's body has a profound effect on energy metabolism and health outcomes. Gilbert studies the molecular and cellular signaling mechanisms that regulate this fat deposition, seeking ways to direct energy to promote lean muscle accretion and limit fat deposition to certain parts of the body. Specific endeavors include investigating the use of flavonoids as anti-obesity/diabetic compounds through improving insulin resistance in adipose tissue and skeletal muscles.

In her work with the Fralin Life Science Institute, she is looking at the role of growth factor IGF2 in muscle development and fat deposition, and chromatin remodeling in different tissues, ages, and nutritional states.

Gilbert earned her degrees from Virginia Tech: a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s and Ph.D. in molecular nutrition. She received the 2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.

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