Profiles of BBDC Members Primarily Involved In Diabetes Research
El-Sohemy, Ahmed - PhD
University of Toronto Appointment(s): Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics; Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
Fitzgerald Building, Room 350
150 College Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3E2
Diabetes Related Research Activities:
The overall goal of my research program in nutrigenomics is to elucidate the genetic basis for variability in dietary response on cardiometabolic disease. We are also interested in identifying the genetic determinants of and dietary preferences and eating behaviours as they relate to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Our research program employs metabolomics, proteomics and genomics to study the effects of diet on human health. This approach will help us to understand how genetic and dietary factors interact to regulate various metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in the development of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. We are currently investigating the role of genetic polymorphisms affecting innate immunity and inflammation on components of the metabolic syndrome. Other research projects focus on identifying the genes influencing sugar and carbohydrate consumption in lean and obese individuals.