Speaker Details



University of Massachusetts Medical School

Michael P. Czech is the Isadore and Fannie Foxman Professor of Medical Research and founding Chair of the Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Molecular Medicine currently includes 36 faculty research laboratories and several Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. His research addresses mechanisms of signal transduction and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes and obesity. His laboratory has recently developed RNAi- and CRISPR-based nanoparticles to discover novel drug targets and therapeutic strategies for alleviating metabolic disease. Czech earned a PhD degree in biochemistry in 1972 at Brown University and completed postdoctoral study at Duke University Medical Center. He became Assistant Professor at Brown in 1974, rising to the rank of Professor in 1980. In 1981, he moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology until his appointment as Director of Molecular Medicine in 1989. Czech has served on several editorial boards and NIH Study Sections and is a member of the Scientific Review Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has received the Scientific Achievement Award (1982), the Banting Medal (2000) and the Albert Renold Award for mentorship (2004) from the American Diabetes Association; the David Rumbough Scientific Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (1985); NIH MERIT Awards, 1997-2005 and 2012-2021; the Elliot P. Joslin Medal (1998), and the Jacobaeus Prize awarded in Umea, Sweden in 2009.

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