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Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine
Ronald M. Evans

Ronald M. Evans

Professor and Director
Gene Expression Laboratory
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Biology

Ronald M. Evans is director of the Salk Institute's Gene Expression laboratory as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Evans is an authority on hormones, both their normal activities and their roles in disease. A major achievement in Evans' lab was the discovery of a large family of molecules, named nuclear hormone receptors, that respond to various steroid hormones, Vitamin A and thyroid hormones. These hormones help control sugar, salt, calcium and fat metabolism, thereby influencing our daily health as well as treatment of disease. The receptors Dr. Evans discovered are primary targets in the treatment of leukemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer.

In addition, Evans' studies led to a new hormone that appears to be the molecular trigger controlling the formation of fat cells. This hormone and its chemical derivatives represent one of the newest and most important advances in understanding problems arising from excess weight and obesity and the potential treatment of adult onset diabetes (Type II diabetes).


  • BA, Bacteriology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Rockefeller University

Awards and Honors

  • Dale Medal, Society for Endocrinology, UK, 2013
  • Wolf Prize in Medicine, 2012
  • Harvey Prize in Human Health, 2006
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Medal, 2005
  • Grande Médaille D'Or of France, 2005
  • Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, 2004
  • National Academy of Medicine, 2003
  • Institute for Scientific Information most cited researcher, 1997
  • California Scientist of the Year, 1994
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1989
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, 1985

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