Sabrina Diano named Sackler Family Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sabrina Diano, newly named the Richard Sackler Family Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, studies the endocrine and nervous systems, with a special interest in central nervous system (hypothalamic) mechanisms relating to the regulation of glucose and energy metabolism.
Her studies on hypothalamic inter- and intra-cellular mechanisms that regulate metabolism add critical information to current understandings of the central regulation of energy and glucose homeostasis, and how alterations in stored energy are sensed in the hypothalamus. The results of her research have important implications for understanding the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, disorders that are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world and place a high financial burden on the U.S. economy.
After earning her B.S. and Ph.D. with honors at the University of Naples (Italy), Diano completed her postdoctoral work at Yale. She became a faculty member in 2000, and now serves as a tenured professor in the Departments of OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences, Neuroscience, and Comparative Medicine, and as director of the Reproductive Neurosciences Group. She is also part of the program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism and the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.
Diano’s research has been published in numerous journals including Science, Cell, Cell Metabolism, Nature, Nature Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and others.