Philipp E. Scherer, PhD
Professor and Director, Touchstone Diabetes Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
Philipp Scherer is Professor and Director of the Touchstone Diabetes Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Basel, Switzerland, followed by post-doctoral training the Whitehead Institute at MIT in Cambridge. In 1997, he joned the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was a Professor for Cell Biology and Medicine. Throughout his career, he has maintained an interest in processes related to cellular and systemic energy homeostasis. He identified adiponectin, one of the first secretory factors to be described that almost exclusively originate in adipose tissue and which is currently widely studied by many different research groups.
Current efforts in his laboratory are focused on the identification and physiological characterization of novel proteins that serve as potential links between the adipocyte, liver, the pancreatic beta cell and the processes of whole body energy homeostasis, inflammation, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Scherer has been on the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2007 as a member of the Departments of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology. He holds the Touchstone Distinguished Chair in Diabetes Research and is a member of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. He won the 2005 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association and the 2012 O’Donnell Award in Medicine from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. In 2013, he received the Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research from Columbia University, the Britton Chance Memorial Award of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore and he was awarded the 2015 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association.