Michael L Lutter, MD, PhD

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Psychiatry, FOE Diabetes Center
Assistant Professor
Summary statement: 

Neural basis of feeding and disordered eating

Office phone: 
(319) 353-5425
Office number: 
B020A
Office building: 
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Lab phone: 
(319) 353-5425
Lab room number: 
B020
Lab building: 
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The focus of my research is on the bi-directional relationship between psychiatric disorders and metabolic diseases. In recent years it has become increasingly recognized that a relationship exists between the development of certain psychiatric disorders, such as Major Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anorexia Nervosa, and metabolic disturbances. I intend to establish a unique scientific contribution by combining my previous training in biochemistry with new skills in neuroscience to answer fundamental questions about the causation and treatment of psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on metabolic signaling pathways.

“Being from New York City, I can tell you that Iowa is… fantastic! Although everything you thought about Iowa is probably true, there are tons of farms, cornfields, soyfields and wheatfields just outside the city, the actual town of Iowa City is very cozy and the people are what make this place special. The eatery’s are common and fantastic, there is a Coop grocery store that sells all your organic, free-range treats and there are a ton of bars to check out.”