Public Engagement with Research

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Public Engagement with Research

Wednesday 8th February 2017


A talk by Dr Giles Yeo Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics

Giles Yeo is from San Francisco, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Cambridge in 1994 for his PhD studies with Prof Sydney Brenner (Nobel Laureate 2002). In 1998 he began his post-doctoral training with Prof Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, working on the genetics of severe human obesity.  He was the first to report that mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) and in the neurotrophic receptor TRKB resulted in severe human obesity. In 2007, Giles became Director of the core Genomics/Transcriptomics facilities and a group leader at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Labs. Giles is also a graduate tutor and fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. His group is interested in studying the brain control of food intake and bodyweight, and how these might be dysregulated in obesity.  Giles is also an occasional science presenter for the BBC. He featured in a 3-part BBC2 Horizon special ‘What is the right diet for you?’ in Jan 2015. He also presented ‘Why are we getting so fat?’ in June 2016, and ‘Clean eating – The dirty truth’ in January 2017, both for BBC Horizon.

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