Robert Farese, Jr., MD
Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes
Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Dr. Farese’s research focuses on discovering the mechanisms of lipid synthesis and storage in cells and organisms. Both membrane precursor lipids and energy storage lipids are stored in lipid droplets, poorly characterized organelles. Dr. Farese and his lab investigates the molecular biology of lipid droplet formation, including the biochemistry and regulation of membrane-bound enzymes, the mechanisms of lipid droplet formation, the targeting of proteins to lipid droplets, and the impact of all these processes on physiology and diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, liver steatosis, and atherosclerosis.