A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Simon M. Shubitz Cancer Prize and Lectureship

Ronald M. Evans, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Salk Institute
La Jolla, California

Dr. Evans is known for isolating the growth hormone gene and then discovering a superfamily of receptor proteins that function as genetic switches, controlling gene activity. Two of these receptors, PPARγ and PPARδ, play key roles in regulating the storage and burning of fat. Dr. Evans and his research team are trying to understand how these receptors work—and how their misbehavior can lead to disease, including high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Shubitz Lecture:
PPARs and the Complex Journey to Obesity

Ronald Evans, PhD, and Cancer Center Director Michelle Le Beau, PhD