Hei Sook Sul

Hei Sook Sul

Professor of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
Dept of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
(510) 642-3978
(510) 642-0535
Research Expertise and Interest
Molecular biology cel biology, biochemistry and physiology involving adipogenesis, thermogenesis, lipogenesis and lipolysis
Research Description

Molecular and cellular biology of adipose tissue development, brown fat formation and browning of white fat, factors critical for thermogenesis, soluble factors and their receptors that work in keeping the adipose precursors or expansion of adipose tissue. Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of lipogenesis and lipolysis in response to insulin/feeding. 

In the News

January 8, 2015

To trigger body’s energy-burning brown fat, just chill

UC Berkeley researchers found that exposure to cold temperatures increases levels of a newly discovered protein, Zfp516, that is critical for the formation of brown fat, the type of fat in our bodies that generates heat. 

December 6, 2012

New gene found that turns carbs into fat, could be target for future drugs

A gene that helps the body convert that big plate of holiday cookies you just polished off into fat could provide a new target for potential treatments for fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are unlocking the molecular mechanisms of how our body converts dietary carbohydrates into fat.