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Mireille Ouimet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She is also the Director of the Cardiovascular Metabolism and Cell Biology Laboratory at the uOttawa Heart Institute. Her
research program aims to determine the role of autophagy in macrophage foam cell metabolism, inflammation, and cholesterol trafficking and its linkage to the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Dr. Ouimet holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in cardiovascular metabolism and cell biology.
- Autophagy of lipid droplets, or 'lipophagy', represents a promising new pathway to target to increase cellular lipid breakdown.
- Highlight our current knowledge of lipophagy, focusing on the identification of new lipophagy pathway components that could be targeted and manipulated to treat diseases where lipid droplets accumulate in tissues.