The next Distinguished Scientist Seminar will be presented by Dr. Charles Roberts, associate director for translational research and development and senior scientist in the divisions of neuroscience and reproductive sciences at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Portland.
His seminar, titled "Hormonal Control of Lipid Metabolism in Primate Adipose Tissue," will take place Sept. 16, 2010, at 4 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building auditorium on USA's main campus.
Dr. Roberts serves as professor of medicine, pediatrics and cell and developmental biology at Oregon Health & Science University, where he has also served as associate chair for research.
Dr. Roberts' research is aimed at various aspects of the insulin-like growth factor signaling system, which has crucial roles in mammalian growth and development, metabolic control and tumorigenesis.
Dr. Roberts completed his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
He was an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1978 to 1984. Later, he was recruited as a special expert for the diabetes branch at the National Institutes of Health.
In 1989, Dr. Roberts was appointed associate chief of the section of molecular physiology with tenure, and later promoted to senior investigator prior to assuming his current position in Oregon.
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