Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)
Professor, Molecular Pharmacology
Director, Diabetes Research Center
Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research
DiabetesType 1 diabetesMetabolism
Dr. Pessin directs Einstein’s Diabetes Research Center, one of only sixteen NIH-funded diabetes centers of its kind in the country. He guides the research of more than 90 scientists investigating type 1 (formerly juvenile) and type 2 (formerly adult-onset) diabetes. The center also includes training programs and community-based activities in the Bronx. Dr. Pessin’s own research focuses on insulin signaling and the mechanisms contributing to the onset of type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Pessin also studies how adult progenitor cells (cells that have the capacity to differentiate into a specific cell type) influence the development of fat tissue and how mechanical signals influence stem cell development. The findings from such research have led to animal models for studying insulin resistance and diabetes.
Dr. Pessin is senior associate editor of Diabetes, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Diabetes Association, and the former editor-in-chief of Endocrinology and the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism. He has received the Eli Lilly Outstanding Investigator Award of the American Diabetes Association and the Mary Jane Kugel Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
Insulin action, Signal transduction