Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP)

Alessandro Bartolomucci

Contact Info

Office Address:
3-139 CCRB
2231 6th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building
2231 6th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Doctoral Degree, University of Parma & University of Milan, 2003

Bachelors Degree, University of Parma, 1999


  • 2016-present Associate Professor of Physiology (Indefinite tenure), Dept. Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota.
  • 2015-present Director, Physiology Core, University of Minnesota Medical School.
  • 2018-present Ancel Keys Biomedical Scholar in Physiology and Metabolism, University of Minnesota.
  • 2019-2021 Member, Cellular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity (CADO), standing NIH Study Section.
  • 2021-2023 Member, Pathophysiology of Obesity and Metabolic Disease – POMD, standing NIH Study Section.
  • 2010-2014 Board Member for Neuroendocrinology, Italian Society for Neuroscience
  • 2010-2016 Assistant Professor, Dept. Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota.
  • 2006-2010 Tenured Project Leader, Dept. Evol. Funct. Biol, Univ. Parma, Italy
  • 2004-2005 Adjunct Professor of General Biology, School of Psychology, Univ. Parma, Italy
  • 2003-2006 Post Doc fellow, Institute of Neuroscience, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • 08/2007 Visiting Professor – University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
  • 01-05/2002 Visiting Scientist, Lab. Integr. Neurobiol., INRA-INSERM, Bordeaux, France.
  • 2000-2003 Graduate student, Dept. Evol. Funct. Biol, Univ. Parma, and Univ. Milan, Italy
  • 09/1999-04/2000 Research Fellow, Lab. Clin. Neurobiol., German Primate Center, Goettingen, Germany
  • 1997-1999 Intern, Dept. Evol. Funct. Biol, Univ. Parma, Italy
UMN Institutes/Centers Membership:
Institute for the Biology of Aging and Metabolism
Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Lillehei Heart Institute
Masonic Cancer Center
Institute for Engineering and Medicine


Research Summary/Interests

My laboratory is primarily interested in metabolic physiology, stress physiology and social determinants of health and aging. We developed a unique integrative approach to investigate the molecular physiology of obesity and chronic stress-related disease which combines behavioral and genetic models, metabolic, neuroendocrine and imaging techniques in living animals as well as sophisticated molecular and structural biology analyses of neuropeptides.

The major research topics include: 1) the functional role of Vgf-derived peptides in obesity and metabolism and their development as innovative drug targets for obesity-related disease; 2) autonomic nervous system regulation of white and brown adipocyte functions in obesity; 3) stress-induced cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; 4) social determinants of health, disease and aging.

Funding sources include: NIDDK, NIA, NHLBI and several Foundations