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Robert A. Orlando Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Robert A. Orlando, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Robert A. Orlando

Contact the Laboratory

Lab Physical Address

Biomedical Research Facility, Room 224

Lab Mailing Address

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MSC08 4670
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 272-5593
Fax: (505) 272-6587

Research Interests

Orlando’s research is focused on obesity-dependent inflammation, lipid metabolism in obesity, and natural product drug discovery to identify novel therapeutic anti-inflammatory agents.

Recent Research

The laboratory has successfully identified a novel hepatic receptor that serves as the primary clearance receptor for atherogenic lipoproteins. It has also identified the associative properties of a tissue serine protease inhibitor with human breast cancer progression, suggesting a new tissue marker for breast cancer staging. It has identified and characterized a curcumin-based analog that prevents peptide aggregation leading to Alzheimer’s disease pathologies and characterized and quantified the anti-inflammatory properties of numerous natural products. It has identified a natural product with potent anti-inflammatory properties that is capable of preventing tissue pathologies of inflammatory bowel disease, and most recently, identified a novel cellular cross-talk communication event in obese adipose tissue that may be responsible for the chronic inflammatory status associated with obesity-dependent type II diabetes mellitus and atherogenic cardiovascular disease.