Anthony J. Molina, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Anthony J. Molina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-8584 | Department: 336-713-8570

Education & Training

  • B.S., University of California-Los Angeles, 1999
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, 2003
  • Fellowship, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2006


  • Am Diabetes Assn
  • European Assoc Diabetes
Anthony J. Molina, Ph.D.

Anthony J. Molina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Research Interests

aging, alzheimer's disease, fitness/physical

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-8584 | Department: 336-713-8570

Recent Publications

Molina AJ, Bharadwaj MS, Van Horn C, Nicklas BJ, Lyles MF, Eggebeen J, Haykowsky MJ, Brubaker PH, Kitzman DW. Skeletal muscle mitochondrial content, oxidative capacity, and Mfn2 expression are reduced in older patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction and are related to exercise intolerance. JACC Heart Fail. 2016;():.

Tyrrell DJ, Bharadwaj MS, Van Horn CG, Kritchevsky SB, Nicklas BJ, Molina AJ. Respirometric profiling of muscle mitochondria and blood cells are associated with differences in gait speed among community-dwelling older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015;70(11):1394-1399.

Liu TF, Vachharajani V, Millet P, Bharadwaj MS, Molina AJ, McCall CE. Sequential actions of SIRT1-RELB-SIRT3 coordinate nuclear-mitochondrial communication during immunometabolic adaptation to acute inflammation and sepsis. J Biol Chem. 2015;290(1):396-408.

Mims J, Bansal N, Bharadwaj MS, Chen X, Molina AJ, Tsang AW, Furdui CM. Energy metabolism in a matched model of radiation resistance for head and neck squamous cell cancer. Radiat Res. 2015;183(3):291-304.

Bharadwaj MS, Tyrrell DJ, Lyles MF, Demons JL, Rogers GW, Molina AJ. Preparation and respirometric assessment of mitochondria isolated from skeletal muscle tissue obtained by percutaneous needle biopsy [video article]. J Vis Exp. 2015;(96):e52350.

Tyrrell DJ, Bharadwaj MS, Van Horn CG, Marsh AP, Nicklas BJ, Molina AJ. Blood-cell bioenergetics are associated with physical function and inflammation in overweight/obese older adults. Exp Gerontol. 2015;70():84-91.

Bharadwaj MS, Tyrrell DJ, Leng I, Demons JL, Lyles MF, Carr JJ, Nicklas BJ, Molina AJ. Relationships between mitochondrial content and bioenergetics with obesity, body composition and fat distribution in healthy older adults. BMC Obes. 2015;2():40.

Molina AJ, Tyrrell DJ, Bharadwaj MS, Van Horn CG, Marsh A, Nicklas B. Mitochondrial bioenergetics, inflammation, and physical ability in older adults [abstract]. Gerontologist. 2015;55(Suppl 2):733.

Tyrrell DJ, Bharadwaj MS, Van Horn CG, Nicklas B, Molina AJ. Relationships between blood bioenergetic capacity and fat loss after diet and exercise intervention [abstract]. Gerontologist. 2015;55(Suppl 2):163.

Bharadwaj MS, Zhou Y, Molina AJ, Criswell T, Lu B. Examination of bioenergetic function in the inner mitochondrial membrane peptidase 2-like (Immp2l) mutant mice. Redox Biol. 2014;2():1008-1015.

Kalghatgi S, Spina CS, Costello JC, Liesa M, Morones-Ramirez JR, Slomovic S, Molina A, Shirihai OS, Collins JJ. Bactericidal antibiotics induce mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative damage in mammalian cells. Sci Transl Med. 2013;5(192):192ra85.

Bharadwaj MS, Nicklas B, Molina AJ. Obesity is accompanied by increased basal mitochondrial respiration in older adults [abstract]. Gerontologist. 2013;53(Suppl 1):273.

Van Horn CG, Bharadwaj MS, Strober JW, Molina AJ. Long term culture leads to mitochondrial fusion and altered metabolism in pre-senescent fibroblasts [abstract]. Gerontologist. 2013;53(Suppl 1):276.

Gall JM, Wang Z, Liesa M, Molina A, Havasi A, Schwartz JH, Shirihai O, Borkan SC, Bonegio RGB. Role of mitofusin 2 in the renal stress response. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(1):e31074.

Lovy A, Molina AJ, Cerqueira FM, Trudeau K, Shirihai OS. A faster, high resolution, mtPA-GFP-based mitochondrial fusion assay acquiring kinetic data of multiple cells in parallel using confocal microscopy. J Vis Exp. 2012;65():e3991.

Trudeau K, Molina AJA, Roy S. High glucose induces mitochondrial morphology and metabolic changes in retinal pericytes. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011;52(12):8657-8664.

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Assistant Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Anthony J. Molina, Ph.D.

Anthony J. Molina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

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