Maria De Luca, PhD

DeLuca-MariaAssistant Professor

Dept. of Nutrition Sciences
School of Health Professions

Contact Information:

Office Address: WEBB 451
Phone: 205-934-7033
E-mail: mdeluca2@uab.edu
Websites: Dept. of Nutrition Sciences Faculty Page

Education:

University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza, Italy
Degree in Biological Sciences, 1992

University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza, Italy
PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dept. of Cell Biology, 1997

Post-Graduate Training:

University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza, Italy
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, 1997-9

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Research Associate, Department of Genetics and Statistical Genetics, 1999-2000

Research Description:

Dr. De Luca’s research efforts are focused on the identification of genetic pathways that produce variation in fat storage and innate immune function with aging using a quantitative genetic approach and D. melanogaster as a model system. Identification of these genes will likely provide new models for human obesity and age-related metabolic diseases. Moreover, it will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms by which variation for fat storage and innate immune response is maintained in natural populations.

Publications

DRC Membership Category:

Senior Scientist