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.
PPARs and the Complex Journey to Obesity
Ronald Evans, PhD, and Cancer Center Director Michelle Le Beau, PhD