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Janina Vaitkus

Janina VaitkusEducation:

Education: University of Maryland in College Park, B.S. in Bioengineering (2013)
Hometown: Edgewater, MD
PhD Advisor: Francesco Celi, MD, MHSc
Graduate Program: CCTR/CMM


Research Interests:

Janina’s research focuses on white adipose tissue browning and increased energy expenditure in the clinical context of cancer associated cachexia. By gaining an understanding of the interplay between tumor and fat, her hope is to unveil new targets to help treat patients with cancer cachexia. She plans to tie this work, along with other clinical projects, into her future goals of working as a physician-scientist in the field of Endocrinology.

Personal Bio:

Janina was born in raised in Edgewater, Maryland. While in high school, she participated on the F.I.R.S.T. robotics team, which sparked her passion to pursue a degree in Bioengineering. While doing so at the University of Maryland in College Park, she was exposed to many opportunities which sparked and nurtured her interests in research and clinical practice. Family and friends are dear to her heart, as is her love for taking part in triathlons and all things outdoors, crafting and painting, and eating Maryland blue crabs.


K.M. Stroka, J.A. Vaitkus, and H. Aranda-Espinoza.  Endothelial cells experience morphological, dynamical, and biomechanical changes in response to TNF-α, Journal of Biomechanics, 2012.

Vaitkus, J.A., J.S. Farrar, and F.S. Celi, Thyroid Hormone Mediated Modulation of Energy Expenditure. Int J Mol Sci, 2015. 16(7): p. 16158-75.

Ni, B., J. S. Farrar, J. A. Vaitkus and F. S. Celi (2015). "Metabolic Effects of FGF-21: Thermoregulation and Beyond." Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 6: 148.