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Marc Van Gilst, PhD

  • Researcher, Mitochondria and Metabolism Center

  • Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

  • Laboratory: Van Gilst

Currently accepting rotating graduate students, for more information, contact Dr. Van Gilst at


Research Interests

  • Nuclear receptors and nutritional response

  • Impact of nutrition on aging and reproduction

  • Nutritional and developmental control of lipid metabolism

Honors and Awards

  • Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: 1998-2001

  • American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty Award: 2007-2009

  • Glenn Award for Outstanding Research in the Biology of Aging: 2010

Selected Publications

Van Gilst MR, Hadjivassiliou H, Jolly A and Yamamoto KR (2005) Nuclear hormone receptor NHR-49 controls fat consumption and fatty acid composition in C. elegans. PLoS Biology 3, 301-312.

Van Gilst MR, Hadjivassiliou H and Yamamoto KR (2005) A C. elegans nutrient response system partially dependent upon NHR-49. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102, 13496-13501.

Perez CL and Van Gilst MR (2008) A 13C isotope labeling strategy reveals the impact of insulin signaling on lipogenesis in C. elegans. Cell Metabolism 8, 266-274.

Hahn-Windgassen A and Van Gilst MR (2009) The Caenorhabditis elegans HNF4α homolog, NHR-31, mediates excretory tube growth and function through coordinate regulation of the vacuolar ATPase. PLoS Genetics 5, e1000553.

Angelo G and Van Gilst MR (2009) Starvation protects germline stem cells and extends reproductive longevity in C. elegans. Science 326, 954-958.

Pathare PP, Lin A, Bornfeldt KE, Taubert S and Van Gilst MR (2012) Coordinate regulation of lipid metabolism by novel nuclear receptor partnerships. PLoS Genetics 8(4):e1002645.

Contact Information

Mitochondria and Metabolism Center
850 Republican Street, Room N130
University of Washington, Box 358057
Seattle, WA 98109-8057

Phone: 206-221-5145