Dr. Panu K. Luukkonen
Panu K. Luukkonen, MD, PhD is a clinical researcher who is interested in genetic and nutritional regulation of liver metabolism, particularly by using in vivo stable isotope methods and ex vivo tissue analyses. Dr. Luukkonen conducted research in the laboratory of Hannele Yki-Järvinen at University of Helsinki, Finland during 2014-2019. In 2018, he defended his thesis on the effects of macronutrient composition during caloric surplus on hepatic metabolism in humans and the effects of the PNPLA3, TM6SF2 and MBOAT7 polymorphisms on lipid metabolism in the human liver, which was awarded the Thesis of the Year 2018 prize by the Finnish Medical Association. He has published articles on NAFLD in journals such as PNAS, Cell Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Journal of Hepatology, Hepatology and Diabetes Care. Since 2019, Dr. Luukkonen has continued research as a post-doctoral associate in the laboratory of Gerald Shulman at Yale University School of Medicine.