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Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD
Investigator / 2000–Present

Scientific Discipline

Molecular Biology, Physiology

Host Institution

University of California, Los Angeles

Current Position

Dr. Tontonoz is also a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Current Research

Lipid Signaling Pathways in Physiology and Disease

Peter Tontonoz studies the regulation of gene expression by nuclear receptors and the relationship of these signaling pathways to human diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and atherosclerosis.

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Nuclear control of macrophage lipid metabolism...

Biography

Dr. Tontonoz is also Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Wesleyan University and his M.D. and Ph.D.…

Dr. Tontonoz is also Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Wesleyan University and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School. While earning his Ph.D. degree, he worked with Bruce Spiegelman at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He carried out his postdoctoral training with Ron Evans at the Salk Institute and completed his residency training in pathology at the University of California, San Diego.

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Education

  • BA, molecular biology and biochemistry, Wesleyan University
  • PhD, genetics, Harvard University
  • MD, Harvard Medical School

Awards

  • Jeffrey M. Hoeg Award for Basic Science and Clinical Research, American Heart Association
  • Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award, The Endocrine Society
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Freedom to Discover Award
  • Damon Runyon Scholar Award
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Memberships

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation