Bioenergetics & Neurometabolism

Obesity is the result of chronic energy imbalance that puts patients at high-risk of type-2 diabetes (T2D) and of its complications and comorbidities. The diabetic context itself drastically alters metabolism at multiple scales, from subcellular and cellular to microenvironmental, in different organs, and systemic, in the whole body. Energy imbalance and altered metabolism at different levels are central to progression of disease and may influence susceptibility to specific complications or comorbidities. The developing research axis for Bioenergetics at the DDI is focused on the functional and mechanistic study of metabolism and energy balance at multiple levels.


  • Develop technical standards to address questions in bioenergetics and metabolism research
  • Investigate the way that cellular and tissue metabolism adapts to and affects development of diabetes
  • Discover novel targetable mechanisms to alter the course of metabolic decline in diabetes


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Meet the Scientist: Dr. Fawaz Alzaid

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Dasman Diabetes Institute
DDI announces Bioenergetics Department

Energy imbalance affects the body’s metabolism in various ways, from causing weight gain to altering cellular and tissue functions. 

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