Marc Montminy, MD, PhD


Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology

J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation Chair

Marc Montminy
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


Sugar production switch in liver may offer target for new diabetes therapies

Sugar production switch in liver may offer target for new diabetes therapies

Salk researchers find molecular switch that controls liver glucose production and may represent a new avenue for treating insulin-resistant type II diabetes. Read more »

Feast, famine, and the genetics of obesity: you can’t have it both ways

In addition to fast food, desk jobs, and inertia, there is one more thing to blame for unwanted pounds-our genome, which has apparently not caught up with the fact that we no longer live in the Stone Age.

That is one conclusion drawn by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, who recently showed that mice lacking a gene regulating energy balance are protected from weight gain, even on a high fat diet. These findings have implications for the worldwide obesity epidemic and its consequences, such as type two diabetes. Read more »

Biologists discover biochemical link between biological clock and diabetes

Biologists have found that a key protein that regulates the biological clocks of mammals also regulates glucose production in the liver and that altering the levels of this protein can improve the health of diabetic mice.

Their discovery, published in the September 19 advance online edition of the journal Nature Medicine, provides an entirely new biochemical approach for scientists to develop treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes. It also raises the interesting possibility that some of the rise in diabetes in the U.S. and other major industrialized countries could be a consequence of disturbances in sleep-wake cycles from our increasingly around-the-clock lifestyles. Read more »


BS, Biochemistry, Harvard University
MD, PhD, Physiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Research Fellow in Medicine, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston

Awards & Honors

  • 2009 National Academy of Sciences
  • 1991 McKnight Neuroscience Development Award
  • 1990 Richard E. Weitzman Award, Endocrine Society