Speaker Details



Harvard University

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.

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