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Food is like a drug. At least that was what I realized at the age of 16 when I had an allergic reaction to penicillin. I quickly found out that some foods could aggravate the hives that had broken out all over my skin. This event sparked my interest in…

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Previous Team

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Bjorn Tam, Postdoctoral Fellow Academic Background Bjorn grew up in Hong Kong and obtained his Ph.D. in Muscle Physiology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the Santosa Lab in 2018, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of North…

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Publications Turner L, Gauthier MF, Lafortune A, Tchernof A and Santosa S. (2022) Adipocyte size, adipose tissue fibrosis, macrophage infiltration and disease risk are different in younger and older individuals with childhood versus adulthood onset obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). Online ahead of print. (PMID: 35927468) Brauer P, Desroches S,…

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MON LAB, research program has been presented  in the media you can watch and read more here: Video Interviews  Obesity should be considered “premature aging”: Concordia researcher – CTV News at Noon – Mar. 3, 2020 Link between obesity and aging – CityNews – Feb. 27, 2020 Montrealers New Years…

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Why do some people living with obesity respond better to treatment than others? Why is it that some people living with obesity develop diseases whereas others do not? These are the questions that our team seeks to answer by understanding how our bodies are changed by obesity. Our research aims…

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MON Lab is conducting an innovative, multidisciplinary research program. Our research program aims to understand the underlying effects of obesity. When it comes to treatment and disease prevention, what works for one person might not work for another. We want to know what makes an individual with obesity unique. Our…

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Below are examples of a few projects our lab is working on! ——– Childhood vs. Adulthood -Onset Obesity Researching why people with obesity since childhood are at higher risk of metabolic disease. Overweight people who have been so since childhood are at especially high risk of heart disease and stroke.…

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Natalie Khor, Lab Technician Academic Background Natalie received her BSc and MSc in Biochemistry at Concordia University. Her Master’s thesis focused on generating a Zn2+-free oxygenase of phenol hydroxylase found in the Pseudomonas species to characterize the function of the zinc ion bound to the enzyme – an important player…

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