Anton Bennett, PhD, Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Pharmacology and professor of comparative medicine, has been appointed the inaugural director of the Yale Center for Molecular and Systems Metabolism, effective July 1, 2021. Bennett’s research focuses on signaling mechanisms in metabolism that are regulated through protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. He is an active participant in graduate education and serves as the director for minority affairs for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program and the director for the pre-doctoral pharmacology graduate training program.
Since 2010, Bennett has been the co-director of the Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism (ICSNM). The ICSNM program was previously directed by Tamas Horvath, DVM, PhD, chair and Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Comparative Medicine. Horvath and Bennett have led the ICSNM program with support from the Department of Comparative Medicine. The Yale Center for Molecular and Systems Metabolism will build upon the ICSNM program to bring together investigators who represent different areas of scientific interests in metabolism to understand the molecular underpinnings of metabolism in health and disease. Bennett’s goal as director will be to expand the current membership of 11 Yale School of Medicine faculty members to scientists across Yale with interests related to metabolism in order to facilitate collaborative research and to seek synergistic partnerships with other Yale scientific centers.