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Lisa A. Lesniewski, M.A., Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Internal Medicine - Associate Professor

Divisions: Geriatrics

Academic Office Information

(801) 582-1565 Ext.2046


500 Foothill Dr, Room: 1C06
Salt Lake CIty, UT 84148


Dr. Lesniewski is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. She is a GRECC investigator and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Translational Vascular Physiology Lab.

Research Statement

Dr. Lesniewski's primary research interests are to understand how aging modulates the susceptibility of the vascular and metabolic systems to high fat feeding/obesity and to understand how aging modifies atherosclerotic burden and severity. Within these general research areas, Dr. Lesniewski examines the role that adipose inflammation plays in inducing systemic metabolic and vascular dysfunction with aging and high fat feeding, as well as the role of adipose tissue a in this systemic dysfunction. To examine these interests, Dr. Lesniewski utilizes dietary and genetic manipulation of rodent models to examine whole body and in vitro metabolic and vascular function. In addition, Dr. Lesniewski utilizes genetic and surgical models of atherosclerosis to elucidate novel pathways that modulate atheroslcerotic burden and severity across the lifespan.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Colorado-Boulder
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of California-San Diego
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Texas A&M University
Exercise Physiology
Graduate Training Kent State University
Exercise Physiology
Undergraduate Ohio State University
Exercise Physiology