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Office Location:
BST W10th floor

Mailing address:
BST W1061
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Chelsea Dempsey


Pouneh K. Fazeli, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Director, Neuroendocrinology Unit
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Research Interests

We study hormonal/neuroendocrine adaptations to undernutrition and the negative consequences of undernutrition.  The most common medical complication of chronic undernutrition is loss of bone mass.  Using anorexia nervosa as a model of chronic undernutrition, our lab is currently studying the effects of low-dose transdermal estrogen on bone mineral density in women with anorexia nervosa.  We are also studying the role and function of bone marrow adipose tissue – a fat depot that is paradoxically preserved in states of undernutrition.


Anorexia nervosa, starvation, undernutrition, bone marrow adipose tissue


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Lab Members

Tania Amorim, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow
Soukaina Eljamri, BA Research Coordinator
Natalie David, BS Research Coordinator