Colleen M. CRONIGER, PhD
- CASE MMPC Metabolic Core Director (link)
CASE Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center (MMPC)
- BSTP Trainer
In January 2008, Dr. CRONIGER was awarded one of two 2007 School of Medicine Scholarship in Teaching Awards. Colleen shares this award with Dr. Martin Snider from the Department of Biochemistry.
Colleen Croniger received her Ph.D. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. She then held a Post-Doctoral and Research Associate position in the Department of Biochemistry at CASE School of Medicine.
Before joining the Department of Nutrition at CWRU as Assistant Professor, Dr. Croniger was an Instructor for the Biochemistry Department. In 2007, she became Director of the Metabolic Core for CASE Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center. When not running CASE MMPC, Colleen enjoys teaching metabolism to first-year medical students and graduate students in the Department of Nutrition.
Dr. Croniger's research is focused on the environmental factors during the perinatal period that result in obesity as an adult. This metabolic patterning can affect many pathways in the liver, muscle, adipose and pancreatic tissues. Specifically I am studying the molecular changes in the pancreas of animal models that are either resistant or sensitive to obesity in response to environmental stresses such as caffeine and a high-fat diet.
I am also interested in defining genes that are involved in the patterning of such metabolic pathways. In collaboration with Dr. Joe Nadeau, I hope to identify genes involved in the metabolic patterning using mice-congenic strains.