Lecturer Will Discuss “The Powerhouse of the Cell”: The Mitochondrion

August 13, 2014


On Monday, September 29, Dr. Wayne Willis will deliver a lecture entitled “Energetic Control of Mitochondrial Fuel Selection: Clues from avian vs mammalian comparisons”. Dr. Willis’ lecture will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 112 Rouse Life Science Building. His visit is hosted by the College of Education’s School of Kinesiology with support from Auburn University’s Special Lectures Committee. Admission is free for this event, and the public is welcome to attend.

Dr. Willis is an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and a Research Affiliate Member in the Department of Biochemistry in the Center for Metabolic and Vascular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Willis’s research interests include mitochondrial bioenergetics of skeletal muscle, heart, and liver; and fuel selection during vertebrate locomotion. Dr. Willis has published over 40 peer reviewed papers in high impact journals and his work is well cited. Because of his research accomplishments, Dr. Willis has been invited to discuss his research findings at numerous universities across the US and in Europe. Also, Dr. Willis has received numerous grants with significant research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Experts in exercise metabolism consider Dr. Willis to be an intellectual master in the realm of mitochondrial energetics under the stimulation and stress of exercise.

For more information, contact Dr. Andreas Kavazis in the School of Kinesiology at ank0012@auburn.edu or 844-1479.