Roger D. Cone is the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute. Cone joined U-M in September 2016 from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he served as chairman of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science. He was also is director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism and associate director for Vanderbilt's Diabetes Research and Training Center.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2008, Cone served as director of the Center for the Study of Weight Regulation and Associated Disorders at Oregon Health and Science University and as a senior scientist at OHSU's Vollum Institute.
Cone earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry summa cum laude from Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the mentorship of the gene therapy pioneer Richard C. Mulligan.
Dr. Cone's research program is focused on the central nervous system's regulation of energy stores, and the neurobiology of obesity.
- central nervous system control of energy homeostasis
- role of neural circuits in obesity, disease cachexia, and anorexia nervosa
- development of small molecule compounds for the treatment of obesity