Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D. Appointed Director of Einstein's Diabetes Research Center

January 10, 2008 - (BRONX, NY) - Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D. has been named Director of the Diabetes Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Dr. Pessin's research has encompassed several crucial aspects of diabetes: He is now studying the role of insulin signaling in activating and controlling glucose uptake and metabolism, the adult stem cell development of adipose (animal fat) tissue and why newly developed fat cells remain persistent despite weight loss.

"I've known Jeffrey for many years, and throughout his career, he has used innovative approaches to tackle difficult questions aimed at improving our understanding of diabetes and the ways in which obesity contributes to onset of the disease," said Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at the medical school. "We're very excited to have him take the helm of the Diabetes Research Center, which is one of our NIH-designated Centers of Excellence."

Among the many "outstanding research areas at Einstein," said Dr. Pessin, "the medical college's reputation in diabetes is particularly strong. I'm very excited about the opportunities we'll have to both strengthen and expand our capabilities, and I also look forward to the many possibilities for exciting collaborations."

Dr. Pessin will also serve as professor of medicine at Einstein and will hold the Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research
A world-renowned scientist, he comes to Einstein from Stony Brook University, where he has served as professor and chair of pharmacological sciences since 2003. He began his research career at The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, where he rose from assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, in 1983, through the academic ranks to professor, in 1991. In 2001, The University of Iowa Foundation appointed him distinguished professor of physiology and biophysics.

A native of New York, Dr. Pessin earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brooklyn College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He then served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, in Worcester, MA. He and his family reside in New Rochelle, NY.