Dr. Bates is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada where she studies the processes that regulate recruitment and activation of brown adipose tissue and how these processes can be exploited for the generation of anti-obesity therapeutics. Dr. Bates is combining her expertise using mouse and rat models to study obesity and Diabetes, with the unique expertise and facilities available at Trent University for studying wild mammalian populations. Thus, Dr. Bates is working to close the gap between physiologists in the natural and health sciences and to highlight the importance of finding the most appropriate animal models to study human disease.
Her research training includes completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lunenfeld-Tannenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where she studied the interaction between gut hormones and stress hormones and their contribution to development of Diabetes and obesity. These studies were done using knockout mouse models, cell culture, and molecular methodologies. Dr. Bates completed her PhD in Physiology at the University of Toronto. During this time, she described the effects of psychological stress on development of Diabetes and obesity in a rat model of obese Type 2 Diabetes.