Emilio Mottillo, Ph.D.

Emilio Mottillo, Ph.D.



Emilio Mottillo, Ph.D.

Office Address

7089 ERB
2799 W. Grand Blvd.

Position Title

Assistant Scientist

Areas of Interest

Obesity, Diabetes, Fatty liver disease

Narrative Bio

Dr. Mottillo will consider new students for the 2020-21 academic year.


The overall goal of our research program is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate metabolic homeostasis, with the long-term goal of translating basic research findings into therapies for human health.

Using novel methods to image fatty acid metabolism in real-time and proteomic and lipidomic techniques, we plan to investigate the mechanisms by which cells sense lipids and maintain lipid homeostasis.

A second major project will expand upon the novel biology of ABHD5 interactions with the PNPLA lipase family to investigate the role in fatty liver disease and diabetes.


A list of Dr. Mottillo's publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/50075447/?sort=date&direction=descending

Post Graduate Training

Post doctoral Fellow, McMaster University, Department of Medicine (2013-2016)
Post doctoral Fellow, Wayne State Universiy, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics (2016-2019)

  • Roger Davis Investigator Award for Transitional Faculty, Kern Lipid Conference, FASEB Travel Award, FASEB Lipid Droplets on the Move from Health to Disease
  • Future of Science Fund scholarship, Keystone Symposia Travel Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, Canadian Diabetes Association-A prestigious fellowship award for research in the areas of diabetes
    and obesity. Eleven fellowships were awarded in 2013.
  • Travel Award, Deuel Conference on Lipids
  • First Place Oral Presentation Award, Wayne State University
  • First Place Oral Presentation Award, Wayne State University
  • Division of Research Award, Wayne State University
  • Doctoral Research Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research-This is a highly prestigious award from the government of Canada
    given to doctoral trainees. Only four awards were given to students studying abroad that year
  • Basic Research Presentation Award, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University, One award annually for best presentation.
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship, Wayne State University
  • Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University, A Graduate award given to distinguished graduate students.
    Graduate Research Assistantship, Wayne State University
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Windsor-A merit-based scholarship awarded to distinguished graduate students.Postgraduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Windsor
  • Travel Scholarship Bursary, University of Windsor
  • Travel Scholarship Bursary, University of Windsor


BSc. in Biological Sciences, University of Windsor (2001)
MSc. in Biological Sciences, University of Windsor (2003)
Ph.D. in Pathology, Wayne State University (2013)

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