Education Ph.D., Biochemistry, Attila Jozsef University, Szeged, Hungary
Academic Appointments Assistant Professor at Division of Nutrition and Infection, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Current Research Projects • USDA-ARS: Cardiovascular Nutrition and Health • NHLBI: HDL composition/function and coronary plaque formation • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.: KOPS: the role of adiponectin in cardiovascular risk
Biography Dr. Bela Asztalos is Scientist I in the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the HNRCA. He has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications on fats and heart disease research. Dr. Asztalos studies lipoprotein metabolism, structure, and function; the relationship among nutrition, aging, lipoproteins, and heart disease risk; heart disease risk reduction; raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL); and the role of HDL in inflammatory processes. Dr. Asztalos has established new methods for better characterization of HDL, including its composition, function, and metabolism in both healthy individuals and those at risk for heart disease. He has also investigated genetic lipoprotein disorders and the effects of diet and weight loss on heart disease risk factors. His current research projects include studying HDL composition and function and coronary plaque formation, as well as the role of adiponectin, a protein hormone involved with glucose regulation and fatty acid breakdown, in heart disease risk. Dr. Asztalos cofounded Boston Heart Lab Corporation and served the company as Chief Scientific Director for 10 years.