Keith Tornheim, PhD

Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Keith Tornheim
72 E. Concord St Silvio Conte (K)


Keith Tornheim, PhD, began his career at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine in 1981 as an assistant professor. Since then he has published over fifty articles, mainly on the topic of metabolism. He originally studied spontaneous oscillatory behavior of glycolysis in muscle extracts. Dr. Tornheim is currently in the Biochemistry teaching mission, teaching metabolism to first-year medical, dental and graduate students.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Boston Medical Center



  • Brandeis University, PhD
  • Antioch College, BS


  • Published on 7/15/2012

    Martínez-Costa OH, Sánchez V, Lázaro A, Hernández ED, Tornheim K, Aragón JJ. Distinct functional roles of the two terminal halves of eukaryotic phosphofructokinase. Biochem J. 2012 Jul 15; 445(2):213-8. PMID: 22530721.

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  • Published on 11/10/2009

    Haller JF, Smith C, Liu D, Zheng H, Tornheim K, Han GS, Carman GM, Zoeller RA. Isolation of novel animal cell lines defective in glycerolipid biosynthesis reveals mutations in glucose-6-phosphate isomerase. J Biol Chem. 2010 Jan 8; 285(2):866-77. PMID: 19903819.

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  • Published on 9/24/2009

    Getty-Kaushik L, Viereck JC, Goodman JM, Guo Z, LeBrasseur NK, Richard AM, Flanagan JN, Yaney GC, Hamilton JA, Tornheim K. Mice deficient in phosphofructokinase-M have greatly decreased fat stores. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Mar; 18(3):434-40. PMID: 19779479.

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  • Published on 6/26/2007

    Richard AM, Webb DL, Goodman JM, Schultz V, Flanagan JN, Getty-Kaushik L, Deeney JT, Yaney GC, Dunaway GA, Berggren PO, Tornheim K. Tissue-dependent loss of phosphofructokinase-M in mice with interrupted activity of the distal promoter: impairment in insulin secretion. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Sep; 293(3):E794-801. PMID: 17595219.

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  • Published on 4/1/2007

    Heart E, Yaney GC, Corkey RF, Schultz V, Luc E, Liu L, Deeney JT, Shirihai O, Tornheim K, Smith PJ, Corkey BE. Ca2+, NAD(P)H and membrane potential changes in pancreatic beta-cells by methyl succinate: comparison with glucose. Biochem J. 2007 Apr 1; 403(1):197-205. PMID: 17181533.

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  • Published on 10/4/2004

    Nascimben L, Ingwall JS, Lorell BH, Pinz I, Schultz V, Tornheim K, Tian R. Mechanisms for increased glycolysis in the hypertrophied rat heart. Hypertension. 2004 Nov; 44(5):662-7. PMID: 15466668.

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  • Published on 8/12/2003

    Juntti-Berggren L, Webb DL, Arkhammar PO, Schultz V, Schweda EK, Tornheim K, Berggren PO. Dihydroxyacetone-induced oscillations in cytoplasmic free Ca2+ and the ATP/ADP ratio in pancreatic beta-cells at substimulatory glucose. J Biol Chem. 2003 Oct 17; 278(42):40710-6. PMID: 12917415.

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  • Published on 7/1/2003

    Itani SI, Saha AK, Kurowski TG, Coffin HR, Tornheim K, Ruderman NB. Glucose autoregulates its uptake in skeletal muscle: involvement of AMP-activated protein kinase. Diabetes. 2003 Jul; 52(7):1635-40. PMID: 12829626.

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  • Published on 1/1/2003

    Cunningham BA, Richard AM, Dillon JS, Daley JT, Civelek VN, Deeney JT, Yaney GC, Corkey BE, Tornheim K. Glucagon-like peptide 1 and fatty acids amplify pulsatile insulin secretion from perifused rat islets. Biochem J. 2003 Jan 1; 369(Pt 1):173-8. PMID: 12356335.

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  • Published on 11/1/2002

    Yaney GC, Fairbanks JM, Deeney JT, Korchak HM, Tornheim K, Corkey BE. Potentiation of insulin secretion by phorbol esters is mediated by PKC-alpha and nPKC isoforms. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Nov; 283(5):E880-8. PMID: 12376314.

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