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Sihem Boudina, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic

Academic Information

Departments: Nutrition and Integrative Physiology - Associate Professor, Biochemistry - Adjunct Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor, Surgery - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Divisions: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Academic Office Information

(801) 585-6833

George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
15 N 2030 E, Room: 3410B
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Sihem Boudina, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the College of Health and an investigator at the Molecular Medicine Program at the University of Utah. Dr. Boudina's research is focused at understanding the pathogenesis of obesity and cardiometabolic disease. Particularly, her lab has pioneered research of cardiac metabolism in diabetes and redox-regulation of energy expenditure.
Dr. Boudina received a bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology in Algeria, and a PhD from Bordeaux 2 University in France. She then joined the lab of Dr. E. Dale Abel at the University of Utah for a post-doctoral training, after which she was recruited as a research Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology. In 2010, Dr. Boudina became a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. She was promoted to Associate Professor and was awarded tenure in 2016. Dr. Boudina has earned several awards and fellowships including awards from JDRF and AHA. She has been involved with mentoring students including under represented and minority students and has served in the EDI committee of the College of Health since 2018. She serves on several committees at the University of Utah and is a long-time grant reviewer for NIH. Dr. Boudina is nationally and internationally recognized for her pioneering work in cardiac metabolism and mitochondrial energetics.

Research Statement

The Boudina Laboratory we are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in weight gain regulation and adipose tissue expansion in diet-induced obesity (DIO). Our laboratory is focused on (1) the understanding of the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in fat development in DIO in mice, and (2) to study the effect of dietary on white adipose progenitor cells proliferation and differentiation.