Ronald Evans

Professor and Director

Gene Expression Laboratory

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

March of Dimes Chair in Molecular and Developmental Biology

Ronald Evans
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Publications


Wei Z, Yoshihara E, He N, Hah N, Fan W, Pinto AFM, Huddy T, Wang Y, Ross B, Estepa G, Dai Y, Ding N, Sherman MH, Fang S, Zhao X, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Yu RT, Downes M, Evans RM. Vitamin D Switches BAF Complexes to Protect β Cells Cell. 2018 May 10;doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.04.013.

Ahmadian M, Liu S, Reilly SM, Hah N, Fan W, Yoshihara E, Jha P, De Magalhaes Filho CD, Jacinto S, Gomez AV, Dai Y, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Auwerx J, Saltiel AR, Downes M, Evans RM. ERRγ Preserves Brown Fat Innate Thermogenic Activity Cell Reports. 2018 Mar 13;22(11):2849-2859. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.02.061.

Fan W, He N, Lin CS, Wei Z, Hah N, Waizenegger W, He M, Liddle C, Yu RT, Atkins AR, Downes M, Evans RM. ERR promotes angiogenesis, mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative remodeling in PGC1/-deficient muscle. Cell Reports. 2018 Mar 6;22(10):2521-2529. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.02.047.

Fang S, Suh JM, Reilly SM, Yu E, Osborn O, Lackey D, Yoshihara E, Perino A, Jacinto S, Lukasheva Y, Atkins AR, Khvat A, Schnabl B, Yu RT, Brenner DA, Coulter S, Liddle C, Schoonjans K, Olefsky JM, Saltiel AR, Downes M, Evans RM. Intestinal FXR agonism promotes adipose tissue browning and reduces obesity and insulin resistance. Nat Med. 2015 Feb;21(2):159-65. doi: 10.1038/nm.3760. Epub 2015 Jan 5. PubMed PMID: 25559344; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4320010.

Sherman MH, Yu RT, Engle DD, Ding N, Atkins AR, Tiriac H, Collisson EA, Connor F, Van Dyke T, Kozlov S, Martin P, Tseng TW, Dawson DW, Donahue TR, Masamune A, Shimosegawa T, Apte MV, Wilson JS, Ng B, Lau SL, Gunton JE, Wahl GM, Hunter T, Drebin JA, O'Dwyer PJ, Liddle C, Tuveson DA, Downes M, Evans RM (2014) Vitamin D Receptor-Mediated Stromal Reprogramming Suppresses Pancreatitis and Enhances Pancreatic Cancer Therapy. Cell. 2014 Sep 25;159(1):80-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.08.007. PMID: 25259922 PMCID: PMC4177038 [Available on 2015/9/25]

Suh JM, Jonker JW, Ahmadian M, Goetz R, Lackey D, Osborn O, Huang Z, Liu W, Yoshihara, E, van Dijk T, Havinga R, Fan W, Yin Y-Q, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Olefsky JM, Mohammadi M, Downes M, Evans RM. (2014) Endocrinization of FGF1 produces a neomorphic and potent insulin sensitizer. Nature. 2014 Jul 16. doi: 10.1038/nature13540. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25043058; PMCID: PMC4184286

Ding N, Yu RT, Subramaniam N, Sherman MH, Wilson C, Rao R, Leblanc M, Coulter S, He M, Scott C, Lau SL, Atkins AR, Barish GD, Gunton JE, Liddle C, Downes M, Evans RM (2013) A Vitamin D Receptor/SMAD Genomic Circuit Gates Hepatic Fibrotic Response. Cell. 2013 April 25; 153(3): 601-613. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.03.028 PMCID: 673534


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

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2013 Dale Medal, Society for Endocrinology, UK
  • 2012 Wolf Prize in Medicine
  • 2007 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research
  • 2006 Harvey Prize in Human Health
  • 2005 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal
  • 2005 Grande Médaille D'Or of France
  • 2004 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
  • 2003 National Academy of Medicine
  • 1997 Institute for Scientific Information most cited researcher
  • 1994 California Scientist of the Year
  • 1989 National Academy of Sciences
  • 1985 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator