Staff profile - Torie Foletta

Dr Torie Foletta

Position: Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46527 +61 3 924 46527



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 1996


Australian Physiological Society
Australian Society for Medical Research

Professional activities

Dr Foletta is a regular reviewer for Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, and Nutrition and Metabolism


Teaching Interests

Supervises 1 PhD student
Co-supervises 2 PhD students

Conferences and seminars

Foletta VC, McGee SL, Russell, AP. NDRG2, a putative tumour suppressor, increases ROS production and alters oxidative metabolism following its suppression in muscle cells. Oral Presentation. AussieMit 2012, Melbourne, 2012.

Foletta VC, Brown EL, Russell AP. Suppression of NDRG2, a novel PGC-1??? target gene, contributes to the metabolic profile and protein synthesis rates of skeletal muscle cells.  Oral presentation. AuPS/ASB/PSNZ Meeting, Sydney, 2012.

Foletta VC, McGee SL, Brown EL, Russell AP. NDRG2, a new effector of PGC-1 function in the control of skeletal muscle mass and metabolism.
Invited Speaker. Exercise, Muscle & Metabolism, Melbourne, 2011.

Foletta VC, Russell AP. NDRG2, a novel player in the control of skeletal muscle mass? Oral presentation. AuPS/ASB Meeting, Adelaide, 2010.

Foletta  VC, Cameron-Smith D, Walder K, Russell A. N-myc downstream-regulated gene 2 interacts with atrogin-1. A novel role for NDRG2 in skeletal muscle atrophy?
Oral presentation. Gage Muscle Conference, Canberra, ACT, 2010.


Awards and prizes

Fellows’ Award for Research Excellence, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Fogarty Visiting Fellows’ Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Research interests

Dr Foletta is interested in characterizing specific molecular factors connecting skeletal muscle growth and metabolism. She uses a variety of molecular and cell biological techniques, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to obtain overviews of the molecules and signaling pathways involved in healthy and diseased states of skeletal muscle. Some of her current research projects involve the molecules NDRG2, PGC-1, ERRalpha, and the E3 ligases, atrogin-1/MAFbx and MuRF1.

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