Martin G. Myers, Jr., Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology and the Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research is Principal Investigator of the MDRC and Director of the Administration Core. Dr. Myers served as co-Director of the MDRTC since December 2010 and was appointed Director in September 2011. Previously, Dr. Myers served as Director of the MDRTC Animal Phenotyping Core (2008-2010), Director of the MDRTC Pilot and Feasibility Study Grants Program (2008-2011), and as Director of the Joslin Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center’s Nucleotide Sequencing and Analysis Core (2002-2004).
As Center Director and Director of the Administration Core, Dr. Myers is responsible for the overall direction of the Center and for providing leadership, scientific direction, and administrative guidance to ensure that the Center achieves its goals. He is responsible for decisions about membership, Core organization and services, and finances. He communicates the goals, activities and accomplishments of the Center to the NIH, the University community, the region, the nation and the world.
Dr. Myers is internationally recognized for his work on the biology of leptin, a hormone that regulates physiological processes relevant to diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. By studying the molecular, cellular, neural and developmental functions of leptin and by understanding the contribution of each of these processes to leptin action, Dr. Myers seeks to define the mechanisms by which leptin regulates metabolism and how their alteration may contribute to diabetes and other metabolic disorders.