T32 Training Program in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity

Program mentors

Program Director: Neil Ruderman MD, DPhil
Co-Directors: Susan K. Fried PhD and Paul F. Pilch PhD


Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders Basic Aspects (cellular and molecular) :

Barbara Corkey, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine (islet metabolism, mitochondrial metabolism)

Stephen Farmer, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry (adipogenesis, transcriptional regulation, brown adipose)

Susan Fried, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine (adipocyte biology and obesity)

Konstantin Kandror, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry (adipocyte biology, nutrient transport and signaling

Matthew D. Layne, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Biochemistry (cell biology, inflammation & ECM, metabolism, adipose stem cell differentiation & adipose tissue fibrosis)

Zhijun Luo, M.D., Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Biochemistry (signal transduction, cancer metabolism)

Barbara Nikolajczyk, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology

Valentina Perissi, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Biochemistry (adipocyte biology, transcription)

Paul Pilch, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine (adipocyte cell biology, caveolae)

Neil Ruderman, M.D., D.Phil., Professor of Medicine (AMPK, muscle, adipose tissue, bariatric surgery patients)

Bob (Xaralabos) Varelas, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Biochemistry (cell biology, signal transduction, development, genetics)


Translational Aspects – Metabolic syndrome and obesity:

Caroline Apovian, M.D., Professor of Medicine (treatment of obesity, obesity and inflammation)

Nawfal Istfan, M.D., Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Medicine (systemic metabolism, bariatric surgery)

Lynn Moore, D.Sc., Assoc. Professor of Medicine (diet and metabolic risk in population)


Vascular Biology and Metabolic Disease:

Richard Cohen, M.D., Professor of Medicine (vascular biology, oxidative stress, proteomics)

Noyan Gokce, M.D., Assoc. Professor of Medicine (vascular reactivity and adipose blood flow in obesity)

James Hamilton, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Biophysics (NMR, atherosclerosis and obesity)

Katya Ravid, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine (adenosine receptors & metabolic disease)

Sayon Roy, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine (diabetic retinopathy)

Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine (cell signaling and cardiovascular function)


Endocrinology (other):

Lewis Braverman, M.D., Professor of Medicine (thyroid)

Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Physiology (Vitamin D – endocrine system)

Elizabeth Pearce, M.D., Assoc. Professor of Medicine (thyroid, pregnancy)