Tara Ann Teslaa

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles


metabolism, diabetes, muscle, fatty liver

Education and Training

Princeton UniversityPostdoc2022Metabolism
UCLAPhD2017Molecular Biology
UCLAMS2008Biomedical Engineering
St. Peter's UniversityBS2007Mathematics, Biochemistry


  1. TeSlaa T. Metformin induces a Lac-Phe gut-brain signalling axis.. Nature metabolism, 2024.
  2. McBride MJ, Hunter CJ, Zhang Z, TeSlaa T, Xu X, Ducker GS, Rabinowitz JD. Glycine homeostasis requires reverse SHMT flux.. Cell metabolism, 2024.
  3. Lu W, Park NR, TeSlaa T, Jankowski CSR, Samarah L, McReynolds M, Xing X, Schembri J, Woolf MT, Rabinowitz JD, Davidson SM. Acidic Methanol Treatment Facilitates Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Energy Metabolism.. Analytical chemistry, 2023.
  4. TeSlaa T, Ralser M, Fan J, Rabinowitz JD. The pentose phosphate pathway in health and disease.. Nature metabolism, 2023.
  5. Zhang Z, TeSlaa T, Rabinowitz JD. Reply to: revisiting the role of serine metabolism in hepatic lipogenesis.. Nature metabolism, 2023.
  6. Bartman CR, Weilandt DR, Shen Y, Lee WD, Han Y, TeSlaa T, Jankowski CSR, Samarah L, Park NR, da Silva-Diz V, Aleksandrova M, Gultekin Y, Marishta A, Wang L, Yang L, Roichman A, Bhatt V, Lan T, Hu Z, Xing X, Lu W, Davidson S, Wühr M, Vander Heiden MG, Herranz D, Guo JY, Kang Y, Rabinowitz JD. Slow TCA flux and ATP production in primary solid tumours but not metastases.. Nature, 2023.
  7. Yang L, TeSlaa T, Ng S, Nofal M, Wang L, Lan T, Zeng X, Cowan A, McBride M, Lu W, Davidson S, Liang G, Oh TG, Downes M, Evans R, Von Hoff D, Guo JY, Han H, Rabinowitz JD. Ketogenic diet and chemotherapy combine to disrupt pancreatic cancer metabolism and growth.. Med (New York, N.Y.), 2022.
  8. Wang L, Xing X, Zeng X, Jackson SR, TeSlaa T, Al-Dalahmah O, Samarah LZ, Goodwin K, Yang L, McReynolds MR, Li X, Wolff JJ, Rabinowitz JD, Davidson SM. Spatially resolved isotope tracing reveals tissue metabolic activity.. Nature methods, 2022.
  9. Zhang Z, TeSlaa T, Xu X, Zeng X, Yang L, Xing G, Tesz GJ, Clasquin MF, Rabinowitz JD. Serine catabolism generates liver NADPH and supports hepatic lipogenesis.. Nature metabolism, 2021.
  10. Bartman CR, TeSlaa T, Rabinowitz JD. Quantitative flux analysis in mammals.. Nature metabolism, 2021.
  11. TeSlaa T, Bartman CR, Jankowski CSR, Zhang Z, Xu X, Xing X, Wang L, Lu W, Hui S, Rabinowitz JD. The Source of Glycolytic Intermediates in Mammalian Tissues.. Cell metabolism, 2021.
  12. Quinn WJ, Jiao J, TeSlaa T, Stadanlick J, Wang Z, Wang L, Akimova T, Angelin A, Schäfer PM, Cully MD, Perry C, Kopinski PK, Guo L, Blair IA, Ghanem LR, Leibowitz MS, Hancock WW, Moon EK, Levine MH, Eruslanov EB, Wallace DC, Baur JA, Beier UH. Lactate Limits T Cell Proliferation via the NAD(H) Redox State.. Cell reports, 2020.
  13. Hui S, Cowan AJ, Zeng X, Yang L, TeSlaa T, Li X, Bartman C, Zhang Z, Jang C, Wang L, Lu W, Rojas J, Baur J, Rabinowitz JD. Quantitative Fluxomics of Circulating Metabolites.. Cell metabolism, 2020.
  14. Ghergurovich JM, García-Cañaveras JC, Wang J, Schmidt E, Zhang Z, TeSlaa T, Patel H, Chen L, Britt EC, Piqueras-Nebot M, Gomez-Cabrera MC, Lahoz A, Fan J, Beier UH, Kim H, Rabinowitz JD. A small molecule G6PD inhibitor reveals immune dependence on pentose phosphate pathway.. Nature chemical biology, 2020.
  15. Stine RR, Sakers AP, TeSlaa T, Kissig M, Stine ZE, Kwon CW, Cheng L, Lim HW, Kaestner KH, Rabinowitz JD, Seale P. PRDM16 Maintains Homeostasis of the Intestinal Epithelium by Controlling Region-Specific Metabolism.. Cell stem cell, 2019.
  16. Shimada E, Ahsan FM, Nili M, Huang D, Atamdede S, TeSlaa T, Case D, Yu X, Gregory BD, Perrin BJ, Koehler CM, Teitell MA. PNPase knockout results in mtDNA loss and an altered metabolic gene expression program.. PloS one, 2018.
  17. TeSlaa T, Chaikovsky AC, Lipchina I, Escobar SL, Hochedlinger K, Huang J, Graeber TG, Braas D, Teitell MA. α-Ketoglutarate Accelerates the Initial Differentiation of Primed Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.. Cell metabolism, 2016.
  18. Wu TH, Sagullo E, Case D, Zheng X, Li Y, Hong JS, TeSlaa T, Patananan AN, McCaffery JM, Niazi K, Braas D, Koehler CM, Graeber TG, Chiou PY, Teitell MA. Mitochondrial Transfer by Photothermal Nanoblade Restores Metabolite Profile in Mammalian Cells.. Cell metabolism, 2016.
  19. TeSlaa T, Setoguchi K, Teitell MA. Mitochondria in human pluripotent stem cell apoptosis.. Seminars in cell & developmental biology, 2016.
  20. Setoguchi K, TeSlaa T, Koehler CM, Teitell MA. P53 Regulates Rapid Apoptosis in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.. Journal of molecular biology, 2015.
  21. Teslaa T, Teitell MA. Pluripotent stem cell energy metabolism: an update.. The EMBO journal, 2014.
  22. Pate KT, Stringari C, Sprowl-Tanio S, Wang K, TeSlaa T, Hoverter NP, McQuade MM, Garner C, Digman MA, Teitell MA, Edwards RA, Gratton E, Waterman ML. Wnt signaling directs a metabolic program of glycolysis and angiogenesis in colon cancer.. The EMBO journal, 2014.
  23. TeSlaa T, Teitell MA. Techniques to monitor glycolysis.. Methods in enzymology, 2014.
  24. Xu J, Teslaa T, Wu TH, Chiou PY, Teitell MA, Weiss S. Nanoblade delivery and incorporation of quantum dot conjugates into tubulin networks in live cells.. Nano letters, 2012.
  25. Wu TH, Chen Y, Park SY, Hong J, Teslaa T, Zhong JF, Di Carlo D, Teitell MA, Chiou PY. Pulsed laser triggered high speed microfluidic fluorescence activated cell sorter.. Lab on a chip, 2012.
  26. French CT, Toesca IJ, Wu TH, Teslaa T, Beaty SM, Wong W, Liu M, Schröder I, Chiou PY, Teitell MA, Miller JF. Dissection of the Burkholderia intracellular life cycle using a photothermal nanoblade.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2011.
  27. Wu TH, Teslaa T, Kalim S, French CT, Moghadam S, Wall R, Miller JF, Witte ON, Teitell MA, Chiou PY. Photothermal nanoblade for large cargo delivery into mammalian cells.. Analytical chemistry, 2011.
  28. Wu TH, Teslaa T, Teitell MA, Chiou PY. Photothermal nanoblade for patterned cell membrane cutting.. Optics express, 2010.