Robert McGarrah, MD

Faculty Member, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute


Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Co-Leader of the White-McGarrah Lab


Carmichael Building

919 479 2318


Robert McGarrah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and Co-Leads the White-McGarrah Lab with Phillip White, PhD. Projects in the White-McGarrah Lab relate to the integrative physiology of metabolism with an emphasis on liver and heart function and the metabolic crosstalk that exists between these two vital organs.

MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current liver related projects in the White-McGarrah lab involve the study of mechanisms regulating hepatic lipogenesis and gluconeogenesis, determinants of NAFLD status in bariatric surgery patients, and characterization of the impact of heart failure on hepatic metabolism. With regards to the heart, we are currently investigating metabolic determinants of cardiac function, the role of hepatic metabolic alterations in heart failure pathogenesis, and the functional significance of acylcarnitine associations with cardiac outcomes.


Phillip White, PhD


Clementine Adeyemi

Michelle Arlotto, PhD

Postdocs / Fellows

Khadar Abdi, PhD

Yann Deleye, PhD

Jacquelyn Walejko, PhD