The Rutgers Center for Lipid Research (RCLR) is a center of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health that promotes multidisciplinary research on the biochemical, biophysical, cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in lipid metabolism, and extension of these endeavors to elucidate the underpinnings of lipid-based diseases such as obesity, lipodystrophy, diabetes, and heart disease. Our research utilizes model organisms, cells, tissues, and state-of-the-art instrumentation.
The center fosters interaction among faculty, postdoctoral associates, and students by holding monthly research meetings where postdoctoral associates and students have the opportunity to present their research and receive constructive feedback in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Moreover, we provide small grants and travel support to students and postdoctoral associates. We hold an annual symposium and a monthly seminar series that brings renowned scientists to Rutgers. The RCLR founded the Big Ten Academic Alliance Lipid Symposium; this meeting brings lipid researchers at Big Ten schools to interact on a regular basis. In the end, we extend our research findings to address lipid-based diseases, thereby promoting optimum health.