Speaker Details



Rockefeller University

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman is a physician scientist studying the molecular mechanisms that regulate body weight. Dr. Friedman's research on various aspects of obesity received national attention in late 1994, when it was announced that he and his colleagues had isolated the mouse ob gene and its human homologue. They subsequently found that injections of the encoded protein, leptin, decreases body weight of mice by reducing food intake and increasing energy expenditure. Current research on leptin is aimed at understanding the genetic basis of obesity in human and the neural mechanisms by which leptin transmits its weight reducing signal.
His many awards and honors include the 2010 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the 2019 Wolf Prize , the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, the Shaw Prize for Life Sciences and Medicine, and the Gairdner Foundation International Award. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and the Swedish Academy of Science. He has received honorary doctorates from Yale University, Bilkent University, LSU, Marshall University, and U. Maastricht. His work was referred to in Time Magazine's Best of Science Section in 1995 and 1996, and in 1995 he received Popular Science's Best of Science Award.

Symposium Faculty

Peng Li

Tsinghua University

Christoper Glass

University of California San Diego

Takashi Kadowaki

University of Tokyo

Roger D. Kornberg

Stanford University

Judith Klumperman

University Medical Center Utrecht

Jeffrey Friedman

Rockefeller University

Gisou van der Goot

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

David Sabatini

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Satchindananda Panda

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Anu Suomalainen

University of Helsinki

Tobias Walther

Harvard University

David Mangelsdorf

University of Texas

Nilay Yapıcı

Cornell University

Semir Beyaz

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Gülçin Pekkurnaz

University of California San Diego

Betül Kaçar

University of Arizona