Alyssa Hasty, PhD
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University, USA
Dr. Hasty currently serves as the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, as well as Associate Dean for Faculty Development of the Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in the laboratory of Dr. Sergio Fazio and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tokyo University in the laboratory of Dr. Hitoshi Shimano. She was recruited back to Vanderbilt as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (MPB) and is now a Full-Professor.
Dr. Hasty is particularly interested in graduate education and as such, serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the MPB Department. Dr. Hasty is a leader in the field of immunometabolism, primarily studying the role of macrophages in obesity and metabolic disease. She developed one of the first mouse models to study obesity-related hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. She is also interested in the nutritional aspects of metabolic disease including a focus on the impact of various dietary fatty acids on metabolism. Her current work focuses on adipose tissue macrophage apoptosis and iron handling.
Dr. Hasty has received funding from the Veteran's Administration, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and National Institutes of Health. She has published over 80 original papers and review/book chapters.