Rolf Bodmer, Ph.D.

Rolf Bodmer's Research Focus

Cardiovascular Diseases, Heart Disease, Inherited Disorders, Muscular Dystrophy, Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolic Diseases, Obesity, Neurodegenerative and Neuromuscular Diseases, Parkinson's Disease, Cancer

The Bodmer Laboratory is interested in the molecular mechanisms of organ formation, how patterns are generated and how cells and tissue types assume their correct fates and functions. The Bodmer lab is pursuing this interest by studying the genetic functions and interactions that specify heart development and maintain heart performance in the Drosophila model, in the hope of elucidating basic principles in organogenesis and functionality.

Mesoderm

Cardiac Mesoderm

Cardiac Cell Types

Morphogenesis

Heart Function

Aging Heart

We study the HIF and Notch pathways in various organismal responses to hypoxia. Both of these pathways as well as mechanisms and responses to hypoxia are of high relevance to cancer research. 

We are also studying master regulatory networks in how they control metabolism and obesity. These fundamental studies on obesity pathways will also be highly relevant to cancer metabolism.

Rolf Bodmer's Bio

Rolf Bodmer earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Neurobiology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1983. Dr. Bodmer trained as a postdoctoral fellow in Neurobiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and also studied Molecular Genetics at the University of California, San Francisco. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Biology in 1990 at the University of Michigan. There, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Biology in 1996, and then appointed to Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 2001. Dr. Bodmer joined SBP in 2003, where he is Professor and Program Director of the Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program.
 

Other Appointments

Adjunct professor, University of California, San Diego
 

Funding Awards and Collaborative Grants

1 P01 AG033561 "Genetic Analysis of Drosophila Functional Aging"
 

Honors and Recognition

Ellison Foundation Senior Scholar Award


DAR Accessory

Publications

Tinman/Nkx2-5 acts via miR-1 and upstream of Cdc42 to regulate heart function across species.

Qian L, Wythe JD, Liu J, Cartry J, Vogler G, Mohapatra B, Otway RT, Huang Y, King IN, Maillet M, Zheng Y, Crawley T, Taghli-Lamallem O, Semsarian C, Dunwoodie S, Winlaw D, Harvey RP, Fatkin D, Towbin JA, Molkentin JD, Srivastava D, Ocorr K, Bruneau BG, Bodmer R

J Cell Biol 2011 Jun 27 ;193(7):1181-96

High-fat-diet-induced obesity and heart dysfunction are regulated by the TOR pathway in Drosophila.

Birse RT, Choi J, Reardon K, Rodriguez J, Graham S, Diop S, Ocorr K, Bodmer R, Oldham S

Cell Metab 2010 Nov 3 ;12(5):533-44

A global in vivo Drosophila RNAi screen identifies NOT3 as a conserved regulator of heart function.

Neely GG, Kuba K, Cammarato A, Isobe K, Amann S, Zhang L, Murata M, Elmén L, Gupta V, Arora S, Sarangi R, Dan D, Fujisawa S, Usami T, Xia CP, Keene AC, Alayari NN, Yamakawa H, Elling U, Berger C, Novatchkova M, Koglgruber R, Fukuda K, Nishina H, Isobe M, Pospisilik JA, Imai Y, Pfeufer A, Hicks AA, Pramstaller PP, Subramaniam S, Kimura A, Ocorr K, Bodmer R, Penninger JM

Cell 2010 Apr 2 ;141(1):142-53

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Intergenerational inheritance of high fat diet-induced cardiac lipotoxicity in Drosophila.

Guida MC, Birse RT, Dall'Agnese A, Toto PC, Diop SB, Mai A, Adams PD, Puri PL, Bodmer R

Nat Commun 2019 Jan 14 ;10(1):193

Corrigendum: SLP-2 interacts with Parkin in mitochondria and prevents mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkin-deficient human iPSC-derived neurons and Drosophila.

Zanon A, Kalvakuri S, Rakovic A, Foco L, Guida M, Schwienbacher C, Serafin A, Rudolph F, Trilck M, Grünewald A, Stanslowsky N, Wegner F, Giorgio V, Lavdas AA, Bodmer R, Pramstaller PP, Klein C, Hicks AA, Pichler I, Philip S

Hum Mol Genet 2019 Apr 1 ;28(7):1225

As time flies by: Investigating cardiac aging in the short-lived Drosophila model.

Blice-Baum AC, Guida MC, Hartley PS, Adams PD, Bodmer R, Cammarato A

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis 2019 Jul 1 ;1865(7):1831-1844

A homozygous KAT2B variant modulates the clinical phenotype of ADD3 deficiency in humans and flies.

Gonçalves S, Patat J, Guida MC, Lachaussée N, Arrondel C, Helmstädter M, Boyer O, Gribouval O, Gubler MC, Mollet G, Rio M, Charbit M, Bole-Feysot C, Nitschke P, Huber TB, Wheeler PG, Haynes D, Juusola J, Billette de Villemeur T, Nava C, Afenjar A, Keren B, Bodmer R, Antignac C, Simons M

PLoS Genet 2018 May ;14(5):e1007386

Ceramide-Protein Interactions Modulate Ceramide-Associated Lipotoxic Cardiomyopathy.

Walls SM, Cammarato A, Chatfield DA, Ocorr K, Harris GL, Bodmer R

Cell Rep 2018 Mar 6 ;22(10):2702-2715

The bHLH Protein Nulp1 is Essential for Femur Development Via Acting as a Cofactor in Wnt Signaling in Drosophila.

Zeng Q, Wan Y, Zhu P, Zhao M, Jiang F, Chen J, Tang M, Zhu X, Li Y, Zha H, Wang Y, Hu M, Mo X, Zhang Y, Chen Y, Chen Y, Ye X, Bodmer R, Ocorr K, Jiang Z, Zhuang J, Yuan W, Wu X

Curr Mol Med 2018 Mar 9 ;17(7):509-517

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