Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases
Harvard Medical School, Department of Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Tobias Walther is a German biochemist elucidating the mechanisms underlying lipid and membrane homeostasis. He is particularly interested in the processes of metabolic energy storage as fat in health and disease, for instance during obesity and the metabolic syndrome or in neurodegeneration. He received his Ph.D. from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg in 2002, working on nuclear pores in Iain Mattaj’s laboratory. He then trained with Prof. Dr. Peter Walter at the UCSF in San Francisco (CA, USA) where he studied membrane biochemistry and cell biology. In 2006, he started his laboratory first at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Germany) then Yale University (CT, USA). In July 2014, he moved to the Harvard School of Public Health and Medical School in Boston (MA, USA) where he runs a laboratory on metabolism research with his scientific partner Robert Farese, Jr. Since 2015, Dr. Walther is an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.