Dr. Tobias Walther studies organelle, membrane and lipid homeostasis. He received his Ph.D. at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) investigating the assembly of the nuclear pore. After completing postdoctoral studies with Peter Walter at the University of California-San Francisco, Dr. Walther led laboratories at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and the Yale School of Medicine. In 2014, he established a joint laboratory with his long-time scientific collaborator, Dr. Robert Farese Jr. at Harvard. The Farese-Walther laboratory studies how cells perceive changes in membrane lipids and regulate metabolism and cell biology accordingly. Research projects include understanding the mechanisms of neutral lipid storage and the cell biology of cytosolic lipid droplets. In addition, the Farese-Walther laboratory investigates the regulation of lipid homeostasis and how these mechanisms contribute to physiology and disease. Dr. Walther is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Professor of Molecular Metabolism at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and an associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
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