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Benjamin Bikman

Associate Professor
Physiology & Developmental Biology

3017 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Dr. Bikman’s research focus is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that mediate the disruption that causes and accompanies metabolic disorders, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Driven by his academic training (Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and postdoctoral fellowship with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders), he is currently exploring the contrasting roles of insulin and ketones as key drivers of metabolic function. He frequently publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals and presents at international science meetings.

Research Interests

The focus of my lab (the Laboratory of Obesity and Metabolism) is twofold. First, we aim to identify the molecular mechanisms that explain the increased risk of disease that accompanies weight gain, with particular emphasis on the etiology of insulin resistance and disrupted mitochondrial function. Second, we hope to reveal novel cellular processes that are responsible for fat development and accrual, with a particular emphasis on white/brown fat and the contrasting effects of insulin and ketones.

Much of our recent work is focused on the pathogenicity of the hormone insulin. Insulin, while necessary for healthy living, elicits significant and harmful changes in tissue metabolic function when chronically elevated. Several projects have stemmed from this work, including a focus on the varying effects of dietary macronutrients (e.g. carbohydrates vs. fats) on insulin homeostasis, the effects of insulin on brown adipose tissue (and metabolic rate), and insulin-induced brain alterations.

We employ numerous pharmacological and genetic tools to better understand the origins and consequences of ceramide accumulation on various factors related to metabolic function, including signal transduction, substrate utilization, and energy expenditure.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Bioenergetics , East Carolina University (2008)
  • Master of Science, Exercise Physiology , Brigham Young University (2005)
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science , Brigham Young University (2003)

Honors and Awards

  • Travel Award, Oroboros Instruments (2012 - 2012)
  • Travel Scholarship, Keystone Symposium (2011)
  • NIH: Pre-doctoral fellowship (2005 - 2006)

Memberships

  • American Society for Investigative Pathology (2017 - Present)
  • Mitochondrial Physiology Society (2012 - Present)
  • The Obesity Society (2012 - Present)
  • American Diabetes Association (2011 - Present)
  • American Physiological Society (2010 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editor, Associate Editor, International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2018 - Present)
  • Other, BYU Diabetes Research Lab (2016 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Member, American Physiological Society - Integrative Physiology (2015 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Member, American Physiological Society - Translational Physiology (2015 - Present)
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Guest Editor (2016 - 2017)

Courses Taught

Publications

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Mathis John T Prince Jordan T. Mackay Steven W. Sowa Tacie D. Hall Julianne House Grose Melissa E. Hansen Trevor S. Tippetts Emma R. Moulton Zachariah E. Holub Adam C. Swensen John T Prince Benjamin Thomas Bikman Melissa Smith Trevor Tippetts Eric Brassfield Braden Tucker Adelaide Ockey Adam Swensen Tamil Anthonymuthu Trevor Washburn Daniel Kane John T Prince Benjamin Thomas Bikman Katerhine A Erickson Melissa E Smith Tamil S Anthonymuthu Eric S Brassfield Braden J Tucker John T Prince Chad R Hancock Benjamin Thomas Bikman Mobin M Siddique Benjamin Thomas Bikman Liping Wang Markus W Wenk Scott A Summers Benjamin Thomas Bikman Yuguang Guan Guanghou Shui Siddique Mobin M Ji-Yun Kim Markus R Wenk Scott A Summers Benjamin Thomas Bikman Benjamin Thomas Bikman Michael Andrew Bressler Benjamin Thomas Bikman Scott A Summers William L Holland Benjamin Thomas Bikman Scott A Summers et al. Benjamin Thomas Bikman Scott A Summers Benjamin Thomas Bikman G. 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Presentations

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