Robert Shulman, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Research Departments & Organizations

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Bioimaging Sciences

Research Summary

In vivo NMR spectroscopy of metabolism and brain function
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is an important approach to study metabolic pathways in vivo. We have been actively extending NMR techniques and developing new applications in order to understand the basic biochemistry of metabolism in vivo. Equipment at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) includes a 4.0 Tesla spectrometer capable of imaging humans for localized spectroscopic studies, similar spectrometers for animal studies at fields of 7T, 9.4T and 11.74T for studying rats and mice. High resolution NMR spectroscopy is used to follow chemical reactions and brain activity in vivo and NMR imaging methods enable functional areas of brain activity to be resolved. Our goals are to understand quantitatively the regulation and control of metabolic fluxes in humans by in vivo NMR measurements of brain and muscle and to relate such metabolic understanding to normal and pathological functions.

Selected Publications

  • Neuronal-glial glucose oxidation and glutamatergic-GABAergic function.

    Hyder F, Patel AB, Gjedde A, Rothman DL, Behar KL, Shulman RG. Neuronal-glial glucose oxidation and glutamatergic-GABAergic function. Journal Of Cerebral Blood Flow And Metabolism : Official Journal Of The International Society Of Cerebral Blood Flow And Metabolism 2006, 26:865-77. 2006

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