Assistant Professor, Nutrition, UNC Gillings School of Global Public HealthBiography
Liza Makowski is an assistant professor of Nutrition, Division of Nutrition Biochemistry in the Departments of Nutrition and Medicine at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine. She earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters in Medicine concurrent with her Ph.D. studies as a Lucille P. Markey Fellow from Harvard Medical School. Liza completed postdoctoral studies in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at the Duke University Stedman Center for Nutrition and Metabolism. Dr. Makowski has expertise in metabolism, inflammation, mouse models, macrophage biology, and nutrient sensitive signaling pathways. The research focus of the Makowski Lab (http://makowskilab.web.unc.edu/) is to understand metabolic reprogramming of immune cells wherein the goal is to identify novel pathways to manipulate substrate metabolism in immune cells in efforts to limit the pathogenesis of complex diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Dr. Makowski has received multiple grants including a Pathway to Independence NIH K99/R00 award to investigate macrophage mitochondrias role in metabolism and inflammation. She is currently PI on an NIH R21 Provocative Question Grant and a Mary Kay Foundation grant to study obesity and breast cancer risk, and an American Heart Association grant to study substrate metabolism in macrophage biology. Her ultimate aim is to find relevant metabolically sensitive pathways in her model systems, observe parallels in human populations, and identify targets to reprogram immune cells that will restore tissue homeostasis thereby reducing progression of obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer.