Photo: Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD
Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2004
Current membership category: Active
University of California, Los Angeles
675 Charles Young Dr
MRL 6-770
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States of America
Phone: 310-206-4546
Facsimile: 310-267-0382

Honors and awards

National Academy of Sciences (2020)

Society service

President, 2013–2014

Biographical statement

Dr. Tontonoz is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Wesleyan University and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School. He carried out his postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute and completed his residency training in pathology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Tontonoz’s laboratory studies the regulation of gene expression by nuclear receptors and the relationship of these signaling pathways to human diseases. Obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in industrialized societies. The common thread that links these disorders is dysregulation of lipid metabolism. The long-term goal of Dr. Tontonoz’s research is to understand the mechanisms whereby lipids control gene expression and impact the development of metabolic disease. Dissection of these pathways is advancing our understanding of basic mechanisms that control metabolism and highlighting new opportunities for therapeutic intervention. Dr. Tontonoz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Physicians.  He is the recipient of the Jeffrey M. Hoeg Research Award from the American Heart Association, and the Gerald D. Auerbach and Richard. E. Weitzman Awards from the Endocrine Society. He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, eLife, and Genes & development, and is Editor in Chief of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Institutional affiliations

University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine (Primary)
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Cardiovascular Disease
Molecular Biology

Positions held