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.

“I searched for a school that boasted a positive environment for collaboration, commitment to scientific training, and a high caliber of mentorship, all surrounded by a town I could feel at home in.  My first exposure to the University of Iowa was during a summer undergraduate research fellowship.  During that ten weeks training, I found that that the University of Iowa fulfilled all of my expectations for graduate school and much, much more.  It was that experience that I compared all of my other graduate interviews too, and needless to say, but I will anyway, I chose the University of Iowa. ”