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Dr. Liesa did his PhD at the University of Barcelona under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Zorzano, on the role and regulation of mitochondrial dynamics in muscle. In 2009, Dr. Liesa was awarded a fellowship from Fundación Ramon Areces to perform his post-doctoral research at Boston University.

In 2013, Dr. Liesa became a junior group leader at Boston University and in 2015 was recruited by the Department of Medicine and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as an Assistant Professor to lead his lab in the new Metabolism Theme and promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Liesa recently moved to Barcelona to accept a tenured position as a Group Leader (Científico Titular) at the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC), located at the Barcelona Science Park.


The projects in the laboratory aim to define the mechanisms by which mitochondria adapt or maladapt to metabolic diseases, focusing in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

More specifically, the laboratory of Dr. Liesa-Roig is interested in molecular mechanisms determining mitochondrial redox and heterogenity, with the long term goal of identifying those that have potential to become a therapeutic target.

In addition, the laboratory works in collaboration with industry and other academic laboratories to develop methods and protocols to quantify mitochondrial function, redox and dynamics.

Selected publications

Sun, Wenxiang; Jia, Xuan; Liesa, Marc ; Tantin, Dean*; Ward, Diane M*. (2022). ABCB10 Loss Reduces CD4+ T Cell Activation and Memory Formation. Journal of immunology 208(2) 328-337 (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2100514

Shum, Michael*; Segawa, Mayuko; Gharakhanian, Raffi; Vinuela, Ana; Wortham, Matthew; Baghdasarian,Siyouneh; Wolf, Dane M.; Sereda, Samuel B.; Nocito, Laura; Stiles, Linsey; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Gutierrez, Vincent;Sander, Maike; Shirihai, Orian S.; Liesa, Marc*. (2022) Deletion of ABCB10 in beta-cells protects from high-fat diet induced insulin resistance. Molecular Metabolism 55. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2021.101403. ISSN 2212-8778.

Fu, Accalia; van Rooyen, Lara; Evans, Lindsay; Armstrong, Nina; Avizonis,Daina; Kin, Tatsuya; Bird, Gregory H.; Reddy, Anita; Chouchani, Edward T.; Liesa-Roig, Marc; Walensky, Loren D.; Shapiro, A. M. James; Danial, Nika N. (2021). Glucose metabolism and pyruvate carboxylase enhance glutathione synthesis and restrict oxidative stress in pancreatic islets. Cell Reports 37(8). doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.110037. ISSN 2211-1247.

Alexandra J. Brownstein; Michaela Veliova; Rebeca Acin Perez; Marc Liesa; Orian S. Shirihai. (2021). ATP-consuming futile cycles as energy dissipating mechanisms to counteract obesity. Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders 23. doi: 10.1007/s11154-021-09690-w. ISSN 1389-9155.

Shum, Michael; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Liesa, Marc*. (2021). Determining Basal Energy Expenditure and the Capacity of Thermogenic Adipocytes to Expend Energy in Obese Mice. JoVE-Journal of Visualized Experiments (177). doi: 10.3791/63066. ISSN 1940-087X.

Krishnan, Karthickeyan Chella; Vergnes, Laurent#; Acin-Perez, Rebeca#; Stiles, Linsey; Shum, Michael; Ma, Lijiang; Mouisel, Etienne; Pan, Calvin; Moore, Timothy M.; Peterfy, Miklos; Romanoski, Casey E.; Reue, Karen; Bjorkegren, Johan L. M.; Laakso, Markku; Liesa, Marc; Lusis, Aldons J. (2021). Sex-specific genetic regulation of adipose mitochondria and metabolic syndrome by Ndufv2. Nature Metabolism 3, 1552-1568. doi: 10.1038/s42255-021-00481-w.

Rebeca Acin-Perez#; Anton Petcherski#; Michaela Veliova; Ilan Y. Benador; Essam A. Assali; Georgia Colleluori; Saverio Cinti; Alexandra J. Brownstein; Siyouneh Baghdasarian; Masha J. Livhits ; Michael W. Yeh; Karthickeyan Chella Krishnan; Laurent Vergnes; Nathan C. Winn; Jaume Padilla; Marc Liesa*; Harold S. Sacks*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2021). Recruitment and remodeling of peridroplet mitochondria in human adipose tissue. Redox Biology 46. doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2021.102087. ISSN 2213-2317.

*corresponding author.

Konstantinos-Dionysios Alysandratos; Scott J. Russo; Anton Petcherski; Evan P. Taddeo; Rebeca Acin Perez;Carlos Villacorta Martin; J. C. Jean; Surafel Mulugeta; Luis R. Rodriguez; Benjamin C. Blum; Ryan M. Hekman;Olivia T. Hix; Kasey Minakin; Marall Vedaie; Seunghyi Kook; Andrew M. Tilston Lunel; Xaralabos Varelas; JenniferA. Wambach; F. Sessions Cole; Aaron Hamvas; Lisa R. Young; Marc Liesa; Andrew Emili; Susan H. Guttentag; Orian S. Shirihai; Michael F. Beers; Darrell N. Kotton. (2021). Patient-specific iPSCs carrying an SFTPC mutation reveal the intrinsic alveolar epithelial dysfunction at the inception of interstitial lung disease. Cell Reports 36(9). doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109636. ISSN 2211-1247.

Michael Shum; Chitra A. Shintre; Thorsten Althoff; Vincent Gutierrez; Mayuko Segawa; Alexandra D. Saxberg; Melissa Martinez; Roslin Adamson; Margaret R. Young; Belinda Faust; Raffi Gharakhanian; Shi Su; Karthickeyan Chella Krishnan; Kiana Mahdaviani; Michaela Veliova; Dane M. Wolf; Jennifer Ngo; Laura Nocito; Linsey Stiles; Jeff Abramson; Aldons J. Lusis; Andrea L. Hevener; Maria E. Zoghbi; Elisabeth P. Carpenter; Marc Liesa*. (2021).
ABCB10 exports mitochondrial biliverdin, driving metabolic maladaptation in obesity. Science Translational Medicine 13(594). doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abd1869. ISSN 1946-6234.

Jennifer Ngo#; Ilan Benador#; Alexandra Brownstein; Laurent Vergnes; Michaela Veliova; Michael Shum; Rebeca Acin-Perez; Karen Reue; Orian S. Shirihai*; Marc Liesa*. (2021). Isolation and Functional Analysis of Peridroplet Mitochondria from Murine Brown Adipose Tissue. STAR Protocols 2(1). doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2020.100243.

Zhi Zhang; Fernando M. C. V. Reis; Yanlin He; Jae W. Park; Johnathon R. DiVittorio; Nilla Sivakumar; J. Edward van Veen; Sandra Maesta Pereira; Michael Shum; India Nichols; Megan G. Massa; Shawn Anderson; Ketema Paul; Marc Liesa; Olujimi A. Ajijola; Yong Xu; Avishek Adhikari; Stephanie M. Correa. (2020). Estrogen-sensitive medial preoptic area neurons coordinate torpor in mice. Nature Communications 11. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20050-1. ISSN 2041-1723.

Michaela Veliova; Caroline M. Ferreira; Ilan Y. Benador; Anthony E. Jones; Kiana Mahdaviani; Alexandra J.Brownstein; Brandon R. Desousa; Rebeca Acin Perez; Anton Petcherski; Essam A. Assali; Linsey Stiles; AjitS. Divakaruni; Marc Prentki; Barbara E. Corkey; Marc Liesa*; Marcus F. Oliveira*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2020). Blocking mitochondrial pyruvate import in brown adipocytes induces energy wasting via lipid cycling. EMBO Reports 21. doi: 10.15252/embr.201949634. ISSN 1469-221X.
*Corresponding author.

Matheus Pinto De Oliveira; Marc Liesa*. (2020). The Role of Mitochondrial Fat Oxidation in Cancer Cell Proliferation and Survival. Cells 9(12). doi: 10.3390/cells9122600.

Michaela Veliova; Anton Petcherski; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2020). The biology of lipid droplet-bound mitochondria. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 108. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2020.04.013. ISSN 1084-9521.

Michael Shum; Jennifer Ngo; Orian S. Shirihai; Marc Liesa*. (2021). Mitochondrial oxidative function in NAFLD: Friend or foe? Molecular Metabolism 50. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2020.101134. ISSN 2212-8778.

*Corresponding author.

Essam A. Assali; Anthony E. Jones; Michaela Veliova; Rebeca Acin Perez; Mahmoud Taha; Nathanael Miller;Michael Shum; Marcus F. Oliveira; Guy Las; Marc Liesa; Israel Sekler*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2020). NCLX prevents cell death during adrenergic activation of the brown adipose tissue. Nature Communications 11. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-16572-3.

Rebeca Acin-Perez; Ilan Y. Benador; Anton PetchTerski; Michaela Veliova; Gloria A. Benavides; Sylviane Lagarrigue; Arianne Caudal; Laurent Vergnes; Anne N. Murphy; Georgios Karamanlidis; Rong Tian; Karen Reue; Jonathan Wanagat; Harold Sacks; Francesca Amati; Victor M. Darley Usmar; Marc Liesa; Ajit S. Divakaruni; Linsey Stiles; Orian S. Shirihai. (2020). A novel approach to measure mitochondrial respiration in frozen biological samples. The EMBO Journal 39(13). doi: 10.15252/embj.2019104073. ISSN 0261-4189.

Mayuko Segawa; Dane M. Wolf; Nan W. Hultgren; David S. Williams; Alexander M. van der Bliek; David B. Shackelford; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2020). Quantification of cristae architecture reveals time-dependentcharacteristics of individual mitochondria. Life Science Alliance 3(7). doi: 10.26508/lsa.201900620

*Corresponding author.

J. Edward van Veen; Laura G. Kammel; Patricia C. Bunda; Michael Shum; Michelle S. Reid; Megan G. Massa; Douglas V. Arneson; Jae W. Park; Zhi Zhang; Alexia M. Joseph; Haley Hrncir; Marc Liesa; Arthur P. Arnold; Xia Yang; Stephanie M. Correa. (2020). Hypothalamic oestrogen receptor alpha establishes a sexually dimorphic regulatory node of energy expenditure. Nature Metabolism 2, 351-363. doi: 10.1038/s42255-020-0189-6

Arun Kumar Kondadi; Ruchika Anand; Sebastian Haensch; Jennifer Urbach; Thomas Zobel; Dane M. Wolf; Mayuko Segawa; Marc Liesa; Orian S. Shirihai; Stefanie Weidtkamp Peters; Andreas S. Reichert. (2020). Cristae undergo continuous cycles of membrane remodelling in a MICOS-dependent manner. EMBO Reports 21(3). doi: 10.15252/embr.201949776. ISSN 1469-221X

Liesa, Marc*. (2020). Why does a mitochondrion need its individual cristae to be functionally autonomous?. Molecular & Cellular Oncology 7(2). doi: 10.1080/23723556.2019.1705119

Evan P. Taddeo; Nour Alsabeeh; Siyouneh Baghdasarian; Jakob D. Wikstrom; Eleni Ritou; Samuel Sereda; Karel Erion; Jin Li; Linsey Stiles; Muhamad Abdulla; Zachary Swanson; Joshua J. Wilhelm; Melena D. Bellin; RichardG. Kibbey; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2020). Mitochondrial Proton Leak Regulated by Cyclophilin D Elevates Insulin Secretion in Islets at Nonstimulatory Glucose Levels. Diabetes 69(2): 131-145. doi: 10.2337/db19-0379. ISSN 0012-1797

Dane M. Wolf; Mayuko Segawa; Arun Kumar Kondadi; Ruchika Anand; Sean T. Bailey; Andreas S. Reichert; Alexander M. van der Bliek; David B.Shackelford; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2019). Individual cristae within the same mitochondrion display different membrane potentials and are functionally independent. The EMBO Journal 38(22). doi: 10.15252/embj.2018101056. ISSN 0261-4189

Marc Liesa*; Alexander Van der Bliek*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2019). To Fis or not to Fuse? This is the question!. The EMBO Journal 38(8). doi: 10.15252/embj.2019101839. ISSN 0261-4189

Ilan Y. Benador; Michaela Veliova; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2019). Mitochondria Bound to Lipid Droplets: Where Mitochondrial Dynamics Regulate Lipid Storage and Utilization. Cell Metabolism 29(4): 827-835. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.02.011. ISSN 1550-4131

Essam A. Assali; Dovi Shlomo; Jialiu Zeng; Evan P. Taddeo; Kyle M. Trudeau; Karel A. Erion; AaronH. Colby; Mark W. Grinstaff; Marc Liesa; Guy Las; Orian S. Shirihai. (2019). Nanoparticle-mediated lysosomalreacidification restores mitochondrialturnover and function in cells under lipotoxicity. The FASEB Journal 33(3): 4154-4165. doi: 10.1096/fj.201801292R. ISSN 0892-6638

Anton Petcherski; Kyle M. Trudeau; Dane M. Wolf; Mayuko Segawa; Jennifer Lee; Evan P. Taddeo; Jude T.Deeney; Marc Liesa*. (2018). Elamipretide Promotes Mitophagosome Formation and Prevents Its Reduction Induced by Nutrient Excess in INS1 beta-cells. Journal of Molecular Biology 430(24): 4823-4833. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2018.10.020. ISSN 0022-2836

Edward T. Chouchani*; Marc Liesa*; Aleksandra Trifunovic*. (2018). Mechanisms of Mitochondria Assembly, Dynamics and Turnover in Health and Disease. Journal of Molecular Biology 430(24): 4821-4822. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2018.11.009. ISSN 0022-2836

Evan P. Taddeo; Linsey Stiles; Samuel Sereda; Eleni Ritou; Dane M. Wolf; Muhamad Abdullah; Zachary Swanson; Josh Wilhelm; Melena Bellin; Patrick McDonald; Kacey Caradonna; Andrew Neilson; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2018). Individual islet respirometry reveals functional diversity within the islet population of mice and human donors. Molecular Metabolism 16: 150-159. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2018.07.003. ISSN 2212-8778

Ajit S. Divakaruni; Wei Yuan Hsieh; Lucia Minarrieta; Tin N. Duong; Kristen K. O. Kim; Brandon R. Desousa;Alexander Y. Andreyev; Caitlyn E. Bowman; Kacey Caradonna; Brian P. Dranka; David A. Ferrick; Marc Liesa; Linsey Stiles; George W. Rogers; Daniel Braas; Theodore P. Ciaraldi; Michael J. Wolfgang; Tim Sparwasser; Luciana Berod; Steven J. Bensinger; Anne N. Murphy. (2018). Etomoxir Inhibits Macrophage Polarization by DisruptingCoA Homeostasis. Cell Metabolism 28(3): 490-503. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.06.001. ISSN1550-4131

Aida Rodriguez Nuevo; Angels Diaz Ramos; Eduard Noguera; Francisco Diaz Saez; Xavier Duran; Juan Pablo Munoz; Montserrat Romero; Natalia Plana; David Sebastian; Caterina Tezze; Vanina Romanello; Francesc Ribas; Jordi Seco; Evarist Planet; Susan R. Doctrow; Javier Gonzalez; Miquel Borras; Marc Liesa; Manuel Palacin; Joan Vendrell; Francesc Villarroya; Marco Sandri; Orian Shirihai; Antonio Zorzano. (2018). Mitochondrial DNA and TLR9drive muscle inflammation upon Opa1 deficiency. The EMBO Journal 37(10). doi: 10.15252/embj.201796553. ISSN 0261-4189

Ilan Y. Benador; Michaela Veliova; Kiana Mahdaviani; Anton Petcherski; Jakob D. Wikstrom; Essam A. Assali;Rebeca Acin Perez; Michael Shum; Marcus F. Oliveira; Saverio Cinti; Carole Sztalryd; William D. Barshop; JamesA. Wohlschlegel; Barbara E. Corkey; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2018). Mitochondria Bound to Lipid Droplets Have Unique Bioenergetics, Composition, and Dynamics that Support Lipid Droplet Expansion. Cell Metabolism 27(4): 869-885. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2018.03.003. ISSN 1550-4131

*Corresponding author.

Zhenqi Zhou; Vicent Ribas; Prashant Rajbhandari; Brian G. Drew; Timothy M. Moore; Amy H. Fluitt; Britany R.Reddish; Kate A. Whitney; Senta Georgia; Laurent Vergnes; Karen Reue; Marc Liesa; Orian Shirihai; AlexanderM. van der Bliek; Nai-Wen Chi; Sushil K. Mahata; Joseph P. Tiano; Sylvia C. Hewitt; Peter Tontonoz; Kenneth S. Korach; Franck Mauvais Jarvis; Andrea L. Hevener. (2018). Estrogen receptor alpha protects pancreatic beta-cells fromapoptosis by preserving mitochondrial function and suppressing endoplasmic reticulum stress. Journal of Biological Chemistry 293(13): 4735-4751. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M117.805069

Maria Dafne Cardamone; Bogdan Tanasa; Carly T. Cederquist; Jiawen Huang; Kiana Mahdaviani; Wenbo Li; Michael G. Rosenfeld; Marc Liesa; Valentina Perissi. (2018). Mitochondrial Retrograde Signaling in Mammals Is Mediatedby the Transcriptional Cofactor GPS2 via Direct Mitochondria-to-Nucleus Translocation. Molecular Cell 69(5): 757-772. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.01.037. ISSN 1097-2765

Kiana Mahdaviani; Ilan Y. Benador; Shi Su; Raffi A. Gharakhanian; Linsey Stiles; Kyle M. Trudeau; MariaCardamone; Violeta Enriquez Zarralanga; Eleni Ritou; Tamar Aprahamian; Marcus F. Oliveira; Barbara E. Corkey;Valentina Perissi; Marc Liesa*; Orian S. Shirihai*. (2017). Mfn2 deletion in brown adipose tissue protects from insulinresistance and impairs thermogenesis. EMBO Reports 18(7): 1123-1138. doi: 10.15252/embr.201643827. ISSN 1469-221X

Filippos Kottakis; Brandon N. Nicolay; Ahlima Roumane; Rahul Karnik; Hongcang Gu; Julia M. Nagle; Myriam Boukhali; Michele C. Hayward; Yvonne Y. Li; Ting Chen; Marc Liesa; Peter S. Hammerman; Kwok Kin Wong; D. Neil Hayes; Orian S. Shirihai; Nicholas J. Dyson; Wilhelm Haas; Alexander Meissner; Nabeel Bardeesy. (2016). LKB1 loss links serine metabolism to DNA methylation and tumorigenesis. Nature 539: 390-395. doi: 10.1038/nature20132. ISSN 0028-0836

All publications


Pich S, Bach D, Briones P,Liesa M, Camps M, Testar X, Palacín M, Zorzano A. The Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2A gene product, Mfn2, up-regulates fuel oxidation through expression of OXPHOS system.Human Molecular Genetics.2005;14(11):1405-15.2.Soriano FX,Liesa M, Bach D, Chan DC, Palacín M, Zorzano A. Evidence for a mitochondrial regulatory pathway defined by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator-1 alpha, estrogen-related receptor-alpha, and mitofusin.

Soriano FX,Liesa M, Bach D, Chan DC, Palacín M, Zorzano A. Evidence for a mitochondrial regulatory pathway defined by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator-1 alpha, estrogen-related receptor-alpha, and mitofusin 2. Diabetes.2006; 55(6):1783-91.2nd author.

Llagostera E, Catalucci D, Marti L,Liesa M, Camps M, Ciaraldi TP, Kondo R, Reddy S, Dillmann WH, Palacin M, Zorzano A, Ruiz-Lozano P, Gomis R, Kaliman P.Role of myotonic dystrophy protein kinase (DMPK) in glucose homeostasis and muscle insulin action.PLOS One.2007; 2(11): e1134.

Liesa M, Borda-d’Agua B, Medina-Gómez G, Lelliott CJ, Paz JC, Rojo M, Palacín M, Vidal-Puig A, Zorzano A. Mitochondrial fusion is increased by the nuclear coactivator PGC-1beta.PLOS One.2008; 3(10):e3613.First author.

Hernández-Alvarez MI, Chiellini C, Manco M, Naon D,Liesa M, Palacín M, Mingrone G, Zorzano A.Genes involved in mitochondrial biogenesis/function are induced in response to bilio-pancreatic diversion in morbidly obese individuals with normal glucose tolerance but not in type 2 diabetic patients.Diabetologia.2009; 52(8):1618-27

Hernández-Alvarez MI, Thabit H, Burns N, Shah S, Brema I, Hatunic M, Finucane F,Liesa M, Chiellini C,Naon D, Zorzano A, Nolan JJ.Subjects with early-onset type 2 diabetes show defective activation of the skeletal muscle PGC-1α/Mitofusin-2 regulatory pathway in response to physical activity.Diabetes Care.2010; 33(3):645-51.

Twig G*, Liu X*,Liesa M, Wikstrom JD, Molina AJ, Las G, Yaniv G, Hajnoczky G, Shirihai OS Biophysical properties of mitochondrial fusion events in pancreatic β-cells and cardiomyocytes unravel potential control mechanisms of its selectivity.American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology2010; 299:C477-8.*Both authors contributed equally.2nd author.

Liesa M*, Luptak I*, Qin F, Hyde BB, Sahin E, Siwik DA, Zhu Z, Pimentel DR, Xu XJ, Ruderman NB, Huffman KD, Doctrow SR, Richey L, Colucci WS, Shirihai OS. The mitochondrial transporter ABC-me (ABCB10) is a novel gene required for cardiac recovery after ischemia-reperfusion.Circulation2011; 124:806-13. *First author.

Sahin E, Colla S*,Liesa M*, Moslehi J, Müller FL, Guo M, Cooper M, Kotton D, Fabian AJ, Walkey C, Maser RS, Tonon G, Foerster F, Xiong R, Wang YA, Shukla SA, Jaskelioff M, Martin ES, Heffernan TP, Protopopov A, Ivanova E, Mahoney JE, Kost-Alimova M, Perry SR, Bronson R, Liao R, Mulligan R, Shirihai OS, Chin L, DePinho RA. Telomere dysfunction induces metabolic and mitochondrial compromise.Nature2011; 470:359-65. *2nd author.Highly cited (1%) 2019, 2020.Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Yang S, Wang X*, Contino G*,Liesa M, Sahin E, Ying H, Bause A, Li Y, Stommel JM, Dell’antonio G, Mautner J, Tonon G, Haigis M, Shirihai OS, Doglioni C, Bardeesy N, Kimmelman AC. Pancreatic cancers require autophagy for tumor growth.Genes and Development2011; 25:717-29. *Both authors contributed equally.Highly cited (1%) 2019, 2020.Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Blättler SM, Verdeguer F,Liesa M, Cunningham JT, Vogel RO, Chim H, Liu H, Romanino K, Shirihai OS,Vazquez F, Rüegg MA, Shi Y, Puigserver P. Defective mitochondrial morphology and bioenergetic function in mice lacking the transcription factor Yin Yang 1 in skeletal muscle.Molecular and Cellular Biology.2012; 32:3333-46.

Gall JM, Wang Z,Liesa M, Molina A, Havasi A, Schwartz JH, Shirihai O, Borkan SC, Bonegio RG. Role of mitofusin 2 in the renal stress response.PLOS One.2012;7(1):e31074.

Guo W, Wong S, Li M, Liang W,Liesa M, Serra C, Jasuja R, Bartke A, Kirkland JL, Shirihai O, Bhasin S. Testosterone plus low-intensity physical training in late life improves functional performance, skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis, and mitochondrial quality control in male mice.PLOS ONE.2012;7(12):e51180.

Hernández-Alvarez MI, Paz JC, Sebastián D, Muñoz JP,Liesa M, Segalés J, Palacín M, Zorzano A. Glucocorticoid Modulation of Mitochondrial Function in Hepatoma Cells Requires the Mitochondrial FissionProtein Drp1.Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.2012; 19:366-78

Hyde BB*,Liesa M*, Elorza AA, Qiu W, Haigh SE, Richey L, Mikkola HK, Schlaeger TM, Shirihai OS. The mitochondrial transporter ABC-me (ABCB10), a downstream target of GATA-1, is essential for erythropoiesis in vivo.Cell death and differentiation2012; 19:1117-26. *First author.

Hu J, Hwang SS,Liesa M,Gan B, Sahin E, Jaskelioff M, Ding Z, Ying H, Boutin AT, Zhang H, Johnson S,Ivanova E, Kost-Alimova M, Protopopov A, Wang YA, Shirihai OS, Chin L, DePinho RA.Antitelomerase therapy provokes ALT and mitochondrial adaptive mechanisms in cancer.Cell.2012; 148:651-63.Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Sebastián D*, Hernández-Alvarez MI*, Segalés J*, Sorianello E, Muñoz JP, Sala D, Waget A,Liesa M, Paz JC, Gopalacharyulu P, Orešič M, Pich S, Burcelin R, Palacín M, Zorzano A. Mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) links mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum function with insulin signaling and is essential for normal glucose homeostasis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A. 2012; 109:5523-8. *Three authors contributed equally

Bayeva M, Khechaduri A, Wu R, Burke MA, Wasserstrom JA, Singh N,Liesa M, Shirihai OS, Langer NB, Paw BH, Ardehali H. ATP-Binding Cassette B10 Regulates Early Steps of Heme Synthesis.Circulation Research. 2013 113(3):279-87.

Kalghatgi S*, Spina CS*, Costello JC,Liesa M, Morones-Ramirez JR, Slomovic S, Molina A, Shirihai OS, Collins JJ. Bactericidal antibiotics induce mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative damage in Mammalian cells.Science Translational Medicine. 2013; 5(192):192ra85.Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Elezaby A, Sverdlov AL, Tu VH, Soni K, Luptak I, Qin F,Liesa M, Shirihai OS, Rimer J, Schaffer JE, Colucci WS, Miller EJ. Mitochondrial remodeling in mice with cardiomyocyte-specific lipid overload.Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology2014; 79:275-283.

Gall JM*, Wang Z*, Bonegio RG, Havasi A,Liesa M,Vemula P, Borkan SC. Conditional Knockout of Proximal Tubule Mitofusin 2 Accelerates Recovery and Improves Survival After Renal Ischemia.Journalof the American Society of Nephrology.2014. ASN.2014010126.

Guan J*, Mishra S*, Qiu Y, Shi J, Trudeau K, Las G,Liesa M, Shirihai O, Connors LH, Seldin DC, Falk RH, MacRae CA and Liao R. Impaired autophagy andlysosomal dysfunction underlie the pathogenesis of amyloidogenic light chain mediated cardiotoxicity. EMBO Molecular Medicine2014. 6:1493-507.

Sverdlow AL, Elezaby A, Behring JB, Bachschmid M, Luptak I, Tu VH, Siwik DA, Miller EJ,Liesa M,Shirihai OS,Pimentel DR, Cohen RA, Colucci WS. High fat, high sucrose diet causes cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction due in part to oxidative post-translational modification of mitochondrial complex II.Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 2014. 78:165-73

Wikstrom JD*, Mahdaviani K*,Liesa M, Sereda SB, Si Y, Las G, Twig G, Petrovic N, Zingaretti C, Graham A, Cinti S, Corkey BE, Cannon B, Nedergaard J, Shirihai OS. Hormone-induced mitochondrial fission is utilized by brown adipocytes as an amplification pathway for energy expenditure. EMBO Journal. 2014 Jan 15. *Both authors contributed equally.2nd author. Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Nocito L, Kleckner AS, Yoo E, Jones AJ IV,Liesa M, Corkey BE. The extracellular redox state modulates mitochondrial function, gluconeogenesis and glycogen synthesis in murine hepatocytes.PLOS ONE2015. 10:e0122818.

Qiao S*, Dennis M*, Song X, Vadysirisack D, Salunke D, Nash Z, Yang Z,Liesa M,Yoshioka J, Matsuzawa S-I, Shirihai OS, Lee R, Reed J and Ellisen LW. A REDD1/TXNIP pro-oxidant complex regulates ATG4B activity to control stress-induced autophagy and sustain exercise capacity.Nature Communications2015; 6:7014.

Qiu W,Liesa M*, Carpenter EP, Shirihai OS*. ATP binding and hydrolysis properties of ABCB10 and theirregulation by glutathione.PLOS One2015; 10: e0129772. *corresponding author.

Wilson AA*, Ying L*,Liesa M, Segerit CP , Mills JA, Shen SS, Jean J, Lonza GC , Liberti DC, Lang AH, Nazaire J, Gower AC, Müeller FJ, Mehta P, Ordóñez A, Lomas DA, Vallier L, Murphy GJ,Mostoslavsky G, Spira A, Shirihai OS, Ramirez MI , Gadue P#, Kotton DN#. Emergence of a developmental stage-dependent human liver disease signature demonstrated by directed differentiation of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficient iPS cells.Stem CellReports2015; 4:873-85.2nd author.

Cerqueira FM, Chausse B, Baranovski B,Liesa M, Lewis E, Shirihai OS, Kowaltowski AJ. Calorie restriction milieu induces mitochondrial beta-cell adaptations and protects against glucolipotoxicity.FEBS J. 2015; 283:822-33.

Kottakis F, Nicolay BN, Roumane A, Karnik R, Nagle JM, Boukhali M, Hayward MC, Li YY, Chen T,Liesa M,Hammerman PS, Wong KK, Hayes DN, Shirihai OS, Dyson NJ, Haas W, Meissner A, Bardeesy N. LKB1 loss links the serine metabolic network to DNA methylation and tumourigenesis.Nature2016; 539: 390–395

Sverdlov AL, Elezaby A, Qin F, Behring JB, Luptak I, Calamaras TD, Siwik DA, Miller EJ,Liesa M, Shirihai OS, Pimentel DR, Cohen RA, Bachschmid MM, Colucci WS. Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species Mediate Cardiac Structural, Functional, and Mitochondrial Consequences of Diet-Induced Metabolic Heart Disease.J Am Heart Assoc.2016; 5: e002555.

Mahdaviani K, Benador I, Shi S, Gharakhanian R, Stiles L, Trudeau K, Cardamone M, Enriquez V, Ritou E, Aprahamian T, Oliveira MF, Corkey BE, Perissi V,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Mfn2 deletion in brown adipose tissue protects from insulin resistance and impairs thermogenesis.EMBO Rep, 2017; 18:1123–1138.*corresponding author.

Cardamone MD, Tanasa B, CederquistCT, Huang J, Mahdaviani K, Li W, Rosenfeld MG,Liesa M, Perissi V. GPS2 regulates mitochondria biogenesis via mitochondria retrograde signaling and chromatin remodeling of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial genes.Molecular Cell, 2018; 69:757-772.Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Zhou Z, Ribas V, Rajbhandari P, Drew BG, Moore TM, Fluitt AH, Reddish BR, Whitney KA, Georgia S, Vergnes L, Reue K,Liesa M, Shirihai OS, van der Bliek AM, Chi NW, Mahata SK, Tiano JP, Hewitt SC, Tontonoz P, Korach KS, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Hevener AL. Estrogen Receptor Protects Pancreatic β-cells from Apoptosis by Preserving Mitochondrial Function and Suppressing Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress.Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2018; 293:4735-4751.

Benador IY, Veliova M, Mahdaviani K, Petcherski A, Wikstrom JD, Assali EA, Acín-Pérez R, Shum M, Oliveira MF, Cinti S, Sztalryd C, Barshop WD, Wohlschlegel JA, Corkey BE,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Peridroplet Mitochondria in Brown Adipose Tissue Have Unique Bioenergetics, Structure, and Dynamics That Support Lipid Droplet Expansion. Cell Metabolism, 2018; 27:869-885. *corresponding author. Highly cited (1%) 2019. Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Rodríguez-Nuevo A, Díaz-Ramos A, Noguera E, Díaz-Sáez F, Duran X, Muñoz JP, Romero M, Plana N, Sebastián D, Tezze C, Romanello V, Ribas F, Seco J, Planet E, Doctrow SR, González J, Borràs M,Liesa M, Palacín M, Vendrell J, Villarroya F, Sandri M, Shirihai O, Zorzano A.Mitochondrial DNA and TLR9 drive muscle inflammation upon Opa1 deficiency.EMBO J.2018; 37: e96553.

Divakaruni AS, Hsieh WY, Minarrieta L, Duong TN, Kim KKO, Desousa BR, Andreyev AY, Bowman CE, Caradonna K, Dranka BP, Ferrick DA,Liesa M, Stiles L, Rogers GW, Braas D, Ciaraldi TP, Wolfgang MJ, Sparwasser T, Berod L, Bensinger SJ, Murphy AN.EtomoxirInhibits Macrophage Polarization by Disrupting CoA Homeostasis.Cell Metabolism2018, 28: 1-14.

Taddeo EP, Stiles L, Sereda S, Ritou E, Wolf DM, Abdullah M, Swanson Z, Wilhelm J, Bellin M, McDonald P, Caradonna K, Neilson A,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Individual islet respirometry reveals functional diversity within the islet population of human mice and donors.Molecular Metabolism2018, 6:150-159.*corresponding author.

Petcherski A, Trudeau KM, Wolf DM, Segawa M, Lee J, Taddeo EP, Deeney JT,Liesa M*. Elamipretide promotes mitophagosome formation and prevents its reduction induced by nutrient excess in INS1 beta cells.Journal of Molecular Biology. 2018, 430:4823-4833.*corresponding author. Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Assali EA, Shlomo D, Zeng J, Taddeo EP, Trudeau KM, Erion KA, Colby AH, Grinstaff MW,Liesa M, Las G*, Shirihai OS*. Nanoparticle mediated lysosomal reacidification restores mitochondrial turnover and function in beta-cells under lipotoxicity.FASEB Journal.2018, 33:4154-4165.

Wolf DM#, Segawa M#, Kondadi AK, Anand R, Bailey ST, Reichert AS, Van der Bliek AM, Shackelford DB,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Individual cristae within the single mitochondrion have different membrane potentials, functioning as independent bioenergetic units.EMBO Journal.2019. 38: e101056.*corresponding author. Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Krishnan KC, Sabir S, Shum M, Lang JM, Floyd RR, Acin-Perez R, Vergnes L, Seldin MM, Fuqua B, Jayasekera DW, Nand SK, Anum DC, Pan C, Stiles L, Peterfry M, Reue K,Liesa M, Lusis AJ. Sex-specific metabolic functions of adipose Lipocalin-2.Molecular Metabolism. 2019, 30:30-47.

Taddeo EP#, Alsabeeh N#, Baghdasarian S, Wikstrom JD, Ritou E, Sereda SB, Erion K, Li J, Stiles L, Abdulla M, Swanson Z, Wilhelm J., Bellin M.D., Kibbey RG,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Mitochondrial proton leak regulated by Cyclophilin D elevates insulin secretion in islets at non-stimulatory glucose levels.Diabetes. 2020, 69: 131-145. *corresponding author

Kondadi AK*, Anand R*, Hansch S, Urbach J, Zobel T, Wolf DM, Segawa M,Liesa M, Shirihai OS, Weidtkamp-Peters S, Reichert AS. Cristae undergo continuous cycles of membrane remodelling in a MICOS-dependent manner.EMBO Reports. 2020, 21:e49776.

Van Veen JE, Kammel LG, Bunda PC, Shum M, Reid MS, Massa MG, Arneson D, Park JW, Zhang Z, Joseph AM, Hrncir H,Liesa M, Arnold AP, Yang X, Correa SM. Hypothalamic estrogen receptor alpha establishes a sexually dimorphic regulatory node of energy expenditure.Nature Metabolism.2020, 2: 351-363.

Acin-Perez R*, Benador IY, Petcherski A, Veliova M, Benavides GA, Lagarrigue S, Caudal A, Vergnes L, Murphy AN, Karamanlidis G, Tian R, Reue K, Wanagat J, Sacks H, Amati F, Darley-Usmar VM,Liesa M, Divakaruni AS, Stiles L*, Shirihai OS*. A novel approach to measure mitochondrial respiration in frozen biological samples.EMBO Journal.2020, 39:e104073.Highlighted by F1000 Prime.

Assali EA, Jones AE, Veliova M, Acin-Perez R, Miller N, Taha M, Shum M, Oliveira MF, Las G,Liesa M, Sekler I*, Shirihai OS*.NCLX prevents cell death during adrenergic activation of the brown adipose tissue.Nature Communications. 2020, 11:3347

Segawa M, Wolf DM, Hultgren NW, Williams DS, Van der Bliek AM, Shackelford DB,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Quantification of cristae architecture reveals time-dependent characteristics of individual mitochondria.Life Science Alliance, 2020; 3: e201900620. PMCID: PMC7283135. *Corresponding author.

Zhang Z,Reis FMCV,He Y, ParkJW, DiVittorio JR, Sivakumar N, van Veen JE,Pereira S,Shum M, Nichols I,Anderson S, Massa MG, Paul KN,Liesa M, Ajijola OA, Xu Y,Adhikari A,and Correa SM. Estrogen-Sensitive Medial Preoptic Area Neurons Coordinate Torpor in Mice,Nature Communications,2020,11:6378

Veliova M, Ferreira CM, Benador IY, Jones AE, Mahdaviani K, Brownstein AJ, Desousa BR, Acín-Pérez R, Petcherski A, Assali EA, Stiles L, Divakaruni AS, Prentki M, Corkey BE,Liesa M*, Oliveira MF*, Shirihai OS*. Blocking mitochondrial pyruvate import in brown adipocytes induces energy wasting via lipid cycling.EMBO reports,2020, 21 :e49634.*corresponding author.

Ngo J, Benador IY, Brownstein AJ, Vergnes L, Veliova M, Shum M, Acín-Pérez R, Reue K, Shirihai OS*,Liesa M*.Isolation and Functional Analysis of Peridroplet Mitochondria from Murine Brown AdiposeTissue.STAR Protocols (new journal Cell Press), 2020, 2:100243.*corresponding author

Shum M, Shintre CA,Althoff TA, Gutierrez V,Segawa M, Adamson R, Young MR, Faust B, Saxberg AD, Melissa M,Gharakhanian R, Su S, Krishnan KC, Mahdaviani K, Veliova M, Wolf DM, Ngo J, Nocito L, Stiles L, Abramson J, Lusis AJ, Hevener AL, Zoghbi ME, Carpenter EP,Liesa M*.ABCB10 exports mitochondrial biliverdin in liver, driving metabolic maladaptation in obesity.Science Translational Medicine, 2021, 13:eabd1869.*corresponding author

Acin-Perez R, Petcherski A, Veliova M, Benador IY, Assali E, Colleluori G, Cinti S, Brownstein AJ, Baghdasarian S, Livhits MJ, Yeh MW, Krishnan KC, Vergnes L, Winn N, Padilla J,Liesa M*, Sacks HS*, Shirihai OS*. Recruitment and remodeling of peridroplet mitochondria in humans.Redox Biology, 2021, 46:102087.*co-corresponding author.

Alysandratos KD, Russo SJ, Petcherski A, Taddeo EP, Acín-Pérez R, Villacorta-Martin C, Jean JC, Mulugeta S, Blum BC, Hekman RM, Minakin K, Vedaie M, Kook S, Wambach JA, Cole F, Hamvas A, Young LR,Liesa M, Emili A, Guttentag SH, Shirihai OS, Beers MF, Kotton DN. Patient-Specific iPSCs Carrying an SFTPC Mutation Reveal the Intrinsic Alveolar Epithelial Dysfunction at the Inception of Interstitial Lung Disease.Cell Reports, 2021,36(9):109636

Shum M, Zhou Z,Liesa M.* Determining basal energy expenditure and the capacity of thermogenic adipocytes to expend energy in obese mice.Jove. *corresponding author

KrishnanKC, VergnesL, Acín-PérezR, Stiles L, Shum M, MaL, Mouisel E, PanC, MooreTM, PéterfyM, RomanoskiCE, Reue K, Björkegren JLM, Laakso M,Liesa M, and Lusis AJ. Sex-Specific Genetic Regulation of Adipose Mitochondria and Their Relationship to Metabolic Syndrome.Nature Metabolism,2021, 3:1552-1568

Fu A, Rooyen L, Evans L, Armstrong N, Avizonis D, Kin T, Bird GH, Reddy AB, Chouchani ET,Liesa M, Walensky LD, Shapiro AM, Danial NN.Glucose Metabolism and Pyruvate Carboxylase Enhance Glutathione Synthesis and Restrict Oxidative Stress inPancreatic Islets.Cell Reports2021, 37: 110037

Sun W, Jia X,Liesa M,Tantin D*, Ward DM*.ABCB10 loss progressively attenuates CD4+ T Cell Activation and Memory Formation.Journal of Immunology2022,208: 328-337

Shum M*, Segawa M, Gharakhanian R, Viñuela A, Wortham M, Baghdasarian M, Wolf DM, Sereda SB, Nocito L, Stiles L, Zhou Z, Gutierrez V, Sander M, Shirihai OS,Liesa M*. Deletion of ABCB10 in beta-cells protects from high-fat diet induced insulin resistance.Molecular Metabolism2022,55: 101403.*corresponding author.


Liesa M, Palacín M, Zorzano A. Mitochondrial dynamics in mammalian health and disease.Physiological Reviews.2009; 89 (3):799-845.Highly cited Clarivate (1%) 2019

Zorzano A,Liesa M, Palacín M. Mitochondrial dynamics as a bridge between mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance.Archives in Physiology and Biochemistry.2009; 115(1):1-12

Zorzano A,Liesa M, Palacín M. Role of mitochondrial dynamics proteins in the pathophysiology of obesity andtype 2 diabetes.International Journal of Biochemistry and Cellular Biology.2009; 41(10):1846-54

Zorzano A,Liesa M, Sebastián D, Segalés J, Palacín M. Mitochondrial fusion proteins: Dual regulators of morphology and metabolism.Seminars in Cellular and Developmental Biology2010; 21:566-74

Liesa M, Qiu W, Shirihai OS. Mitochondrial ABC transporters function: the role of ABCB10 (ABC-me) as a novel player in cellular handling of reactive oxygen species.Biochimica and Biophysica Acta.2012; 1823:1945-57.

Doctrow SR,Liesa M, Melov S, Shirihai OS, Tofilon P. Salen Mn Complexes are Superoxide Dismutase/Catalase Mimetics that Protect the Mitochondria. Current Inorganic Chemistry.2012; 2, 325-334.

Liesa M, Shirihai OS. Mitochondrial dynamics in the regulation of nutrient utilization and energy expenditure.Cell Metabolism. 2013; 17: 491-506.Highly cited Clarivate (1%) 2019, 2020.

Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Mitochondrial Networking in T Cell Memory. Cell2016; 166:9-10.*corresponding author

Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Mitochondrial adaptation in obesity is a ClpPicated business.EMBO Reports2018; 19. pii: e46295. *corresponding author.

Benador IY, Veliova M,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. Mitochondria Bound to Lipid Droplets: Where Mitochondrial Dynamics Regulate Lipid Storage and Utilization.Cell Metabolism, 2019; 29:827-835. *corresponding author.

Liesa M*, Van der Bliek AM*, Shirihai OS*. To Fis or not to fuse. This is the question!EMBO Journal2019; 38. pii: e101839. *corresponding author.

Liesa M*.Why does a mitochondrion need its individual cristae to be functionally autonomous?Molecular and Cellular Oncology2020.*corresponding author.

Veliova M, Petcherski A,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. The biology of lipid droplet-bound mitochondria.Seminarsin Cell and Developmental Biology. 2020; S1084-9521: 30311-2. *co-corresponding author

Shum M, Ngo J, Shirihai OS,Liesa M*. Mitochondrial oxidative function in NAFLD: friend or foe?Molecular Metabolism. 2020; 101134.*corresponding author

De Oliveira MP,Liesa M*. The role of mitochondrial fat oxidation in cancer proliferation and survival.Cells.2020; 9: 2600. *corresponding author.

AJ Brownstein, M Veliova, R Acin-Perez,M Liesa, OS Shirihai. ATP-consuming futile cycles as energy dissipating mechanisms to counteract obesity. Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, 2021


Chouchani ET*,Liesa M*, Trifunovic A*.Mechanisms of Mitochondria Assembly, Dynamics and Turnover in Health and Disease.Journal of Molecular Biology. 2018; 430:4821-4822. *corresponding author.


Liesa M, Benador IY, Miller N, Shirihai OS.Mitochondrial function, dynamics andquality control.Chapter 8. The Liver: Biology and Pathobiology, Sixth Edition. Edited by Irwin M. Arias, Harvey J. Alter, James L. Boyer, David E. Cohen, David A. Shafritz, Snorri S. Thorgeirsson, and Allan W. Wolkoff. © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Published 2020 by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Wolf DM#, Segawa M#, Shirihai OS*,Liesa M*. Method for live-cell super-resolution imaging of mitochondrial cristae and quantification of submitochondrial membrane potentials.Methods in Cell Biology. 2020; 155: 545-555. *corresponding author.

Miller N#, Wolf DM#, Alsabeeh N, Mahdaviani K, Segawa M,Liesa M*, Shirihai OS*. High Throughput Image Analysis of Lipid-Droplet Bound Mitochondria.Methods Molecular Biology, 2021, Vol. 2276, Volkmar Weissig and Marvin Edeas (Eds): Mitochondrial Medicine, 978-1-0716-1265-1, (Chapter 22).*corresponding author.

Osto C, Benador IY, Ngo J,Liesa M, Stiles L*, Acin-Perez R*, Shirihai OS*.Measuring Mitochondrial Respiration in Previously Frozen Samples.Curr Protoc Cell Biol.2020; 89:e116. doi: 10.1002/cpcb.116.

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Marc Liesa was awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01 NIH-NIAAA), multiple pilot grants from NIH-funded centers in Boston and Southern California, and sponsored research agreements with Amgen, Janssen and smaller biotech companies.


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