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Aalim M. Weljie, Ph.D.

Aalim M. Weljie, Ph.D.

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Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Department: Pharmacology

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10-113 Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Blvd, Bldg 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-8085
Lab: 215-898-2220
B.Sc. (Chemistry; Certificate in Engineering)
Mount Allison University, 1996.
Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
University of Calgary, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

The Weljie Lab is located in the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics within the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Our lab is at the forefront of metabolomics technologies to examine biological problems in a translational medicine context, particularly related to sleep and circadian rhythms.

Metabolomics is a growing sub-field of systems biology centered on the study of small biological molecules in biological fluids and tissues. Recent research suggests that analysis of metabolite concentrations in living systems is useful in disease diagnosis, prognosis, and predicting drug efficacy in a personalized medicine context.

There is an intrinsic link between metabolism and function of the innate circadian clock system in numerous organisms and disease states, but the exact mechanism by which the clock controls mammalian metabolism is poorly understood. Our work seeks to fill this knowledge gap along with a particular emphasis on understanding the relationship of the clock with cancer and environmental health.

Selected Publications

Rhoades Seth D, Sengupta Arjun, Weljie Aalim M: Time is ripe: maturation of metabolomics in chronobiology. Current opinion in biotechnology 43: 70-76, Feb 2017.

Vysochan Anna, Sengupta Arjun, Weljie Aalim M, Alwine James C, Yu Yongjun: ACSS2-mediated acetyl-CoA synthesis from acetate is necessary for human cytomegalovirus infection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Feb 2017.

McConnell Yarrow J, Farshidfar Farshad, Weljie Aalim M, Kopciuk Karen A, Dixon Elijah, Ball Chad G, Sutherland Francis R, Vogel Hans J, Bathe Oliver F: Distinguishing Benign from Malignant Pancreatic and Periampullary Lesions Using Combined Use of ¹H-NMR Spectroscopy and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Metabolites 7(1), Jan 2017.

Kim Dongyeop, Sengupta Arjun, Niepa Tagbo H R, Lee Byung-Hoo, Weljie Aalim, Freitas-Blanco Veronica S, Murata Ramiro M, Stebe Kathleen J, Lee Daeyeon, Koo Hyun: Candida albicans stimulates Streptococcus mutans microcolony development via cross-kingdom biofilm-derived metabolites. Scientific reports 7: 41332, Jan 2017.

Sarfaraz M Omair, Myers Robert P, Coffin Carla S, Gao Zu-Hua, Shaheen Abdel Aziz M, Crotty Pam M, Zhang Ping, Vogel Hans J, Weljie Aalim M: A quantitative metabolomics profiling approach for the noninvasive assessment of liver histology in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Clinical and translational medicine 5(1): 33, Dec 2016.

Zhao Steven, Torres AnnMarie, Henry Ryan A, Trefely Sophie, Wallace Martina, Lee Joyce V, Carrer Alessandro, Sengupta Arjun, Campbell Sydney L, Kuo Yin-Ming, Frey Alexander J, Meurs Noah, Viola John M, Blair Ian A, Weljie Aalim M, Metallo Christian M, Snyder Nathaniel W, Andrews Andrew J, Wellen Kathryn E: ATP-Citrate Lyase Controls a Glucose-to-Acetate Metabolic Switch. Cell reports 17(4): 1037-1052, Oct 2016.

Farshidfar Farshad, Weljie Aalim M, Kopciuk Karen A, Hilsden Robert, McGregor S Elizabeth, Buie W Donald, MacLean Anthony, Vogel Hans J, Bathe Oliver F: A validated metabolomic signature for colorectal cancer: exploration of the clinical value of metabolomics. British journal of cancer 115(7): 848-857, Sep 2016.

Jang Cholsoon, Oh Sungwhan F, Wada Shogo, Rowe Glenn C, Liu Laura, Chan Mun Chun, Rhee James, Hoshino Atsushi, Kim Boa, Ibrahim Ayon, Baca Luisa G, Kim Esl, Ghosh Chandra C, Parikh Samir M, Jiang Aihua, Chu Qingwei, Forman Daniel E, Lecker Stewart H, Krishnaiah Saikumari, Rabinowitz Joshua D, Weljie Aalim M, Baur Joseph A, Kasper Dennis L, Arany Zoltan: A branched-chain amino acid metabolite drives vascular fatty acid transport and causes insulin resistance. Nature medicine 22(4): 421-6, Apr 2016.

Beaudry Paul, Campbell Martin, Dang N Ha, Wen Jing, Blote Karen, Weljie Aalim M: A Pilot Study on the Utility of Serum Metabolomics in Neuroblastoma Patients and Xenograft Models. Pediatric blood & cancer 63(2): 214-20, Feb 2016.

Sengupta Arjun, Krishnaiah Saikumari Y, Rhoades Seth, Growe Jacqueline, Slaff Barry, Venkataraman Anand, Olarerin-George Anthony O, Van Dang Chi, Hogenesch John B, Weljie Aalim M: Deciphering the Duality of Clock and Growth Metabolism in a Cell Autonomous System Using NMR Profiling of the Secretome. Metabolites 6(3), 2016.

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Last updated: 02/22/2017
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