Interviews of the CIG PIs: L.Michalik

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

“Can you sense it in the air?”

PPARs: ligand-activated transcriptional sensors

Already from the “very beginning”, Prof. Liliane Michalik found the research topic that will most probably stay with her for the major part of her scientific career: unraveling the mechanisms that guide transcriptional control by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, otherwise known as “PPARs”. Indeed, a remarkable family of fascinating proteins, functioning as molecular sensors – thereby interpreting a great number of environmental cues – that play a fundamental role in a multitude of cellular processes. Prof. Michalik and her team are focusing on the function of PPARs during skin response to environmental insults, such as mechanical injuries and ultraviolet rays.

” Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

Gwyneth Paltrow