Erik A. Richter
My primary research interests are regulation of muscle metabolism, particularly during and following exercise. This includes acute exercise and exercise training. Emphasis has been on regulation of glucose metabolism and muscle glucose uptake during exercise as well as regulation of insulin sensitivity following exercise and training. Besides the deep interest in revealing physiological and molecular mechanisms, the objectives are to delineate the molecular mechanisms behind the positive health effects of exercise. We know very well that basically all forms of exercise have positive health effects but we have little knowledge about the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for these effects. These mechanisms are important to understand as they might reveal novel drug candidate pathways that could be beneficial for prevention and treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.