Alyssa Hasty, PhD
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Dean for Faculty of the Basic Sciences, School of Medicine Vanderbilt University
Research Health Scientist, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Faculty Head, Murray House, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Alyssa Hasty earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in the laboratory of Dr. Sergio Fazio and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tokyo University in the laboratory of Dr. Hitoshi Shimano. She was recruited back to Vanderbilt as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (MPB), and is now a Full Professor. Dr. Hasty is particularly interested in career development and is the Associate Dean for Faculty in the Basic Sciences within the School of Medicine. Dr. Hasty is a leader in the field of immunometabolism, primarily studying the role of macrophages in obesity and metabolic disease. She developed one of the first mouse models to study obesity-related hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. She is also interested in the nutritional aspects of metabolic disease including a focus on the impact of various dietary fatty acids on metabolism. Her current work focuses on macrophage iron handling as well as on immune changes in adipose tissue in weight gain, weight loss, and weight cycling. Dr. Hasty has received funding from the Veteran’s Administration, American Heart Association, and National Institutes of Health. She has published over 100 original papers and review/book chapters.