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Fruit Flies and French Fries: The Role of Fat Cells in Communicating Nutritional Input
What can a fruit fly tell us about nutrition, obesity, and diabetes? Plenty. In this talk, Alissa Armstrong will explain how cells in the fruit fly communicate nutritional information to each other, allowing changes in nutrition to trigger changes in the body. Although her research at the University of South Carolina focuses on the tiny insect, it has implications for humans and diseases linked to the foods we eat.

Dec 3, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Alissa Armstrong
Assistant Professor @Department of Biological Sciences
Originally from Newport News, Virginia, Alissa Armstrong earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. She earned a master's degree from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. During postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she developed her current research program investigating how nutrient sensing by multiple organs and tissues influences the activity of adult stem cells.