In January 2018, our lab's work was featured in KING5 TV news health segment about how fruit flies are used to study obesity.
In October 2017, our publication in Developmental Cell was covered by Hutch news.
In October 2017, our work on how fat cells sense nutritional status was covered by science spotlight.
STAT+ news' Rebecca Robins interviewed Akhila for an article about how fly research contributes to better understanding of obesity in humans.
"The secretion of leptin by adipocytes is regulated by the nutritional status of the organism. This study elucidates this regulation in detail, focusing on the fruit fly as the model organism."
"The authors initially uncover a surprising finding, which is that leptin is secreted from Drosophila fat cells through an unconventional pathway that bypasses the Golgi, and being dependent on Golgi reassembly stacking protein (GRASP).......the authors note that mammalian studies have not detected leptin passing through the Golgi, raising the possibility that leptin secretion in higher organisms may also entail an unconventional mechanism."
In 2012, coverage by Science magazine of Akhila's finding in Perrimon lab on fruit fly leptin.
In 2012, coverage of Akhila's finding in Perrimon lab on fruit fly leptin by Harvard Medical School News.