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Jørgen Wojtaszewski

Jørgen Wojtaszewski

Professor

  • Molecular Physiology

    Nørre Allé 51, 2200 København N, August Krogh Bygningen, Universitetsparken 13, 2100 Københav

    Phone: +45 35 32 16 25Mobile: +45 28 75 16 25Fax: +45 35 32 16 00

Primary fields of research

Our research focus on the mechanism(s) by which physical activity promotes metabolic health. Our studies have focused on the role of the energy sensor AMP activated protein kinase in promoting adaptations to exercise training and to a single bout of exercise. Of particular interest for now more than 20 years have been the interaction at the intracellular level between exercise-induced signaling events and those induced by insulin trying to elucidate the mechanisms by which a single bout of exercise can improve muscle insulin sensitivity.

Our approaches to gain such insights include invasive studies of healthy and diseased subjects in combination with mechanistic studies using animal models - including various transgenic approaches. We seek to adapt state of art technologies in our research - including metabolomics, proteomics and phosphoproteomics analyses. Further, we seek to gain insight at the single muscle fiber level using both biochemistry and imaging techniques. In collaborations with various clinical laboratories and pharma industries we aim to translate our findings into relevance for patients and society.

Active research areas includes:

Molecular muscle adaptations induced by exercise leading to improved insulin sensitivity

Exercise induced exosomes release from skeletal muscle  

Role of AMPK in metabolic regulation during and in recovery of exercise

Role of TBC1D4/TBC1D1 in metabolic regulation by insulin and exercise

Mechanisms allowing muscle glycogen supercompensation after exercise

Development of pre-clinical human muscle model

Teaching

  • Muscle metabolism
  • Physical activity
  • Health
  • Training
  • AMPK
  • Molecular signalling
  • Insulin sensitivity

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