Judith Altarejos

Judith Altarejos, Ph.D.[Lake Nona in Orlando]

"Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality." -Jonas Salk. I do what I do because I believe that our integrative studies on the hypothalamus will lead to significant discoveries that will positively impact modern medicinal treatment for obesity, and perhaps other disease states. The unique visionary research environment of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute enables researchers, like myself, to translate our scientific discoveries to therapeutic realities.

  • Research

    Dr. Altarejos studies how peripheral signals modulate energy balance through the regulation of gene expression in the hypothalamus.

  • Biography

    Dr. Altarejos earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada.



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Judith Altarejos's Research Focus

Diabetes - General, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases

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Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of several diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.  Obesity - defined as the excessive accumulation of fat - arises from an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure.  Our ultimate goal is to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular circuits that coordinately modulate appetite and energy expenditure.  By studying these regulatory circuits, we hope to discover the causes of energy imbalance that lead to obesity and establish a foundation for the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of obesity.

About Judith Altarejos


Judith Altarejos, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. During her doctoral training with Dr. Gary Lopaschuck at the University of Alberta, she studied the regulation of energy metabolism in the heart. Dr. Altarejos continued her training as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Marc Montminy's laboratory at the Salk Institute, where she researched appetite control and adipose tissue metabolism. In 2011, Dr. Altarejos joined Sanford-Burnham as an Assistant Professor in the Metabolic Disease Program.

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Ph.D., Medical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2005 Research Associate, Peptide Biology, Salk Insitute, San Diego, California, 2011

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