University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Dudley Lamming receives Vilas Early Career Investigator Award

Dudley Lamming, PhD, in his lab with former graduate student Deyang Yu

Dudley Lamming, PhD, assistant professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (pictured above in his lab with former graduate student Deyang Yu), has received a Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award.

The three-year, $100,000 award provides flexible funds for books, research travel, supplies or similar expenses incurred in pursuit of Dr. Lamming's scholarly activity. 

Dr. Lamming's research focuses on understanding how nutrient-responsive signaling pathways can be harnessed to promote health and longevity.

Specific areas of investigation include the regulation of metabolic health and aging by diet; how reducing consumption of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may promote longevity and fitness and the role of the mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR), an amino acid- and insulin-responsive protein kinase, in this response; understanding the biology of mTOR Complex 2 (mTORC2), a key effector of PI3K/insulin signaling; and the ability of geroprotective interventions to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease using mouse models.