2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Tracey McLaughlin, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Coraal will be working to determine the differences in ability to burn fat in overweight individuals. Specifically, she will be analyzing fat samples from individuals placed on either a low carbohydrate or low fat diet and determining the degree of fat-burning in their fat cells. Her hypothesis is that individuals who are insulin-insensitive will experience less weight loss on a low carb diet than those who are insulin sensitive.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

The Effect of Low Carb vs. Low Fat Dietary Interventions on Human Adipose Cell Size

Coraal Cohen1, Erin Avery2, Lifen Liu1, Elizabeth Colbert1, Samuel Cushman3, Christopher Gardner2, Tracey McLaughlin1
[Departments of Endocrinology1 and Stanford Prevention Research Center2, Stanford University; NIDDK3, National Institutes of Health]