Researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland, led by Dr. Shyamchand Mayengbam, have secured funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish the Multidisciplinary Systems Metabolomics Research Laboratory. The lab will focus on studying small-molecule compounds in biological systems (metabolomics), exploring the impact of dietary nutrients on metabolic regulation, and identifying biomarkers for diet-related diseases. Dr. Mayengbam's research targets interactions between dietary nutrients, the gut microbiome, and metabolic pathways linked to obesity and related diseases in Newfoundland and Labrador. The team includes Dr. Kapil Tahlan, specializing in microbial metabolites for therapeutic applications, and Dr. Guanjgu Zhai focusing on biomarker discovery for osteoarthritis. The acquired infrastructure will support investigations with potential societal, industrial, and scientific impacts. Dr. Mayengbam has also secured tri-council from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support ongoing research. The combined funding enhances the team's capacity to contribute insights into metabolic diseases and develop innovative strategies to address health challenges, especially the high prevalence of obesity in the region. The multidisciplinary approach, integrating expertise in metabolomics, microbiome interactions, and biomarker discovery, positions the team to make significant contributions to advancing scientific knowledge and proposing solutions for pressing health issues.
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