New: Lipid Metabolism

Organizer: Anil Cashikar Read More


Lipid metabolism in the brain has been identified as highly impactful for neuroinflammation. It is well known that apolipoprotein E (ApoE), the main lipid carrier protein in the brain, is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Dysfunction in lipid efflux and lipid storage pathways appear to be strongly associated with inflammatory activation of glia. Targeting specific aspects of the brain lipid metabolism may offer therapeutic opportunities. The new Lipid Metabolism Research Group gathers those who have made pioneering contributions in understanding the connection between lipid metabolism, immune activation and neurological/psychiatric disorders, and others who would like to know more about these contributions, better understand the role of lipid metabolism in health and disease, exchange ideas, methodology and reagents and explore opportunities for identification of existing resources and development of new resources.

Organizers/Contact Information

For additional information about the Lipid Metabolism Group, please contact the faculty organizer Anil Cashikar or the Hope Center.

2022/2023 Schedule, Lipid Metabolism Group

2nd Friday of the month
Zoom conference
Work in Progress (WiP) and/or Journal Club (JC)

Zoom links (WUSTL Key required)

  • September 9: Irfan Lodhi (WashU Medicine) “Peroxisome-Mitochondria Crosstalk Regulating Energy Homeostasis”
  • CANCELLED – October 14: Alexandra Litvinchuk (Holtzman lab, WashU Neurology)
  • November 11: David Ford (Saint Louis University) “Roles for Plasmalogens and Chlorolipids in Inflammation”
  • December 9: Alexandra Litvinchuk (Holtzman lab, WashU Neurology) “The role of ApoE4 in lipid dysregulation in glia in tauopathy and Alzheimer’s disease”
  • January 13: Angel Baldan (Saint Louis University)
  • February 10: Lance Johnson (University of Kentucky)
  • March 10: Jiyeon Lee (Musiek lab, WashU Neurology)
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • August 11
  • September 8
  • November 10
  • December 8

All meetings are listed on the Office of Neuroscience Research (ONR) Calendar.


2022 Spring/Summer

Lipid Metabolism Faculty Members

Faculty organizer: Anil Cashikar (WashU Psychiatry)

Affiliated faculty members

Angel Baldan (Saint Louis University)
Anil Cashikar (WashU Psychiatry)
Jonathan Cooper (WashU Pediatrics)
Carlos Cruchaga (WashU Psychiatry)
Albert (Gus) Davis (WashU Neurology)
Abhinav Diwan (WashU Medicine)
Alex Evers (WashU Anesthesiology)
David Ford (Saint Louis University)
Song Hu (WashU Biomedical Engineering)
Laura Ibanez (WashU Psychiatry)
Joseph Ippolito (WashU Radiology)
Celeste Karch (WashU Psychiatry)
David Kast (WashU Cell Biology & Physiology)
Erik Musiek (WashU Neurology)
Jennifer Philips (WashU Medicine)
Gwendalyn Randolph (WashU Pathology & Immunology)
Daniela Salvemini (Saint Louis University)
Clay Semenkovich (WashU Medicine)
Ananth Vellimana (WashU Neurosurgery)