Gillings School of Global Public Health
Cancer Cell Biology
CV or Biosketch
Area of interest
Liza Makowski, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Nutrition, Division of Nutrition Biochemistry in the Departments of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health on fatty acid binding proteins, for which she received NIH-NRSA F32 and NIH-LRP fellowships. Dr. Makowski also obtained a Masters in Medicine from Harvard Medical School as a Lucille P. Markey Fellow. Liza completed postdoctoral studies in the Duke University Stedman Center for Nutrition and Metabolism.The main focus of her work is to understand and ultimately manipulate substrate metabolism in immune cells in order to improve the inflammatory and metabolic status of individuals and control the pathogenesis of complex diseases such as obesity, insulin resistance, and cancer. Dr. Makowski has expertise in mitochondrial metabolism and inflammation in the macrophage and other immune cells, using biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, histological, microarray expression and metabolomic analysis. Dr. Makowski was a recipient of an NIH K99/R00 to investigate macrophage mitochondria’s role in metabolism and inflammation, is currently PI on an R21 Provocative Question from the NCI and Mary Kay Foundation grants, and co-investigator on NIH (U01) and Department of Defense grants to examine obesity, metabolism, and cancer.
Courses taught: Human Metabolism: Micronutrients NUTR620 & Inflammation in the Microenvironments: inflammation in obesity, atherosclerosis and cancer NUTR 863
Awards and Honors
2000 Harvard Graduate Student Council Grant - Keystone Obesity and Diabetes Meeting. Taos, NM.
2000 Keystone Grant - Keystone Obesity and Diabetes Meeting. Taos, NM.
2000 Gordon Grant - Gordon Atherosclerosis Conference, NH.
2001 Harvard School of Public Health - Faculty Council Research Poster Contest, 1st prize.
2001 - 2003 Junior Investigator Fellowship - Kern Aspen Lipid Conference. Aspen, CO.
2003 Harvard School of Public Health - Division of Biological Sciences
Dr. Edgar Haber Award in Biological Sciences for recognition of outstanding original and creative thesis work.
2003 Society for Leukocyte Biology 2003 Presidential Award for Research, 2nd place.
36th Annual Meeting for the SLB: Unraveling Inflammation. Philadelphia, PA.
2005-06 Preparing Future Faculty Fellow - Council of Graduate Schools, American Association of Colleges & Universities, & Duke University
2006 Keystone Grant Keystone Obesity and Diabetes Meeting. Vancouver, CA.
2007, 08,11 Early Career Investigator Award-Kern Aspen Lipid Conference, Aspen, CO.
2012 Junior Faculty Development Award, Committee on Faculty Research, Vice Chancellor and Provost, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
2014 Honorary Public Health Society Delta Omega Theta Chapter Faculty Award and Membership