Speaker Details



Washington University

Jean E. Schaffer, MD, is the Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Diabetes Research Center at Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Schaffer’s research focuses on lipid metabolism and cardiometabolic disease. Her laboratory has developed novel models of diabetic cardiomyopathy and used genetic screens in cultured mammalian cells to identify loci that are critical determinants of tissue responses to lipid overload. The latter approach led to the discovery of a new role for non-coding RNAs in the response to metabolic stress. She and her group are translating their findings in human studies to identify lipid biomarkers of cardiovascular disease and to test whether treatments aimed at lowering triglycerides improve cardiac function in patients with diabetes.
Schaffer earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard, completed clinical and post-doctoral training at Harvard and MIT, and joined the Washington University faculty in 1995. She is a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Established Investigator Award and Louis N. Katz Prize and the Heinrich Wieland Prize for Lipid Research.

Symposium Faculty

Elçin Ünal

University of California, Berkeley

Ali Deniz Güler

University of Virginia

Yasemin Sancak

Washington University

Ömer Yılmaz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph L. Goldstein

University of Texas

Michael S. Brown

University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Linda Partridge

University College London

Bruce Spiegelman

Harvard Medical School

Ronald M. Evans

Salk Institute

Leslie Vosshall

The Rockefeller University

Michael Czech

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jean Schaffer

Washington University

Gerald Shulman

Yale University

Shizuo Akira

Osaka University

Brenda Schulman

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Vamsi Mootha

Massachusetts General Hosptial

Peter Walter

University of California, San Francisco