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

Projects in the White/McGarrah Lab Relate to the Integrative Physiology of Metabolism with an Emphasis on Liver and Heart Function.


Current Liver Related Projects

  • Mechanisms of hepatic lipogenesis and gluconeogenesis
  • Determinants of NAFLD status in Bariatric Surgery Patients
  • Defining the impact of heart failure on liver metabolism



Current Heart Related Projects

  • Metabolic determinants of cardiac function
  • Role of liver in heart failure pathogenesis
  • Functional significance of acylcarnitine associations with cardiac outcomes


Phillip White, PhD


Michelle Arlotto, PhD

Postdocs / Fellows

Khadar Abdi, PhD

Yann Deleye, PhD

David Elliott, MD, PhD

Jacquelyn Walejko, PhD

Other Research Team Members

Sam Joseph, Undergraduate Student