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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Medical School
Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology

PI: Zofia Zukowska

NPY and Stress-Induced Obesity

This study aims to understand effect of stress on obesity, especially the role of Neuropeptide Y (NPY). Part of this research involves measuring mouse body fat using techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and/or micro-computed tomography (microCT). Software at MSI is used for processing the dicom images obtained from MRI/CT. Fat deposited in subcutaneous, perigonadal, perirenal, mesentric, pericardial, and subscapular regions would be measured. It is known that every fat has a different metabolic role. These studies would indicate which fat is affected the most in stress-induced obesity.

Group Member

Amrutesh S. Puranik, Research Associate