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Kamal Rahmouni, PhD

Contact Information

Office: 2-248 BSB
Phone: 319-353-5256 
Faculty Profile

Brief description of current research:

My research interest relates to the regulation of metabolism and cardiovascular function. My lab uses multidisciplinary approaches including basic research tools, genetic models and sophisticated physiological techniques that allow us to address physiological questions at the molecular level. Our research is aimed at the identification of the molecular and cellular determinants of glucose metabolism, energy expenditure, and cardiovascular function. Our work has helped uncover new molecular mechanisms that are critically involved in the regulation of metabolic and cardiovascular functions. We also investigate the dysregulation of the cellular and molecular pathways in disease conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

3 most influential diabetes/obesity/metabolism publications:

  • Harlan SM, Guo DF, Morgan DA, Fernandes-Santos C, Rahmouni K: Hypothalamic mTORC1 signaling controls sympathetic nerve activity and arterial pressure and mediates leptin effects. Cell Metabolism 2013; 17:599-606.
  • Fernandes-Santos C, Zhang Z, Morgan DA, Guo DF, Russo AF, Rahmouni K: Amylin Acts in the Central Nervous System to Increase Sympathetic Nerve Activity. Endocrinology 2013; 154:2481-8.
  • Zhang Z, Liu X, Morgan DA, Kuburas A, Thedens DR, Russo AF, Rahmouni K: Neuronal receptor activity modifying protein-1 promotes energy expenditure in mice. Diabetes 2011; 60: 1063-71.


“These things that we suffer all come from the brain, when it is not healthy.” Hippocrates, 5th Century B.C