Rudy Leibel, MD

Dr. Leibel is Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and PI of the New York Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Dr. Leibel’s research relates to the molecular genetics of control of body weight in rodents and humans, the bioenergetics of body weight regulation in humans and the role of leptin in these processes,  including the metabolic and behavioral responses to maintenance of a reduced body weight. He and his associates are using human stem cell derived hypothalamic neurons and islet beta cells to elucidate the molecular physiology of obesity and diabetes. 

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has served as a member of the Federal Advisory Council for NIDDK and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. His research is supported by the NIH, the Russell Berrie Foundation, the Weezie Foundation, Regeneron Inc and Levo Therapeutics.