Jan Nedergaard, PhD
Pioneer in brown adipose tissue research
Topic: Brown Fat – a burning (t)issue
Department of Molecular Biosciences,
The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University
Jan Nedergaard, PhD, is professor of physiology at the Wenner-Gren Institute of Stockholm University. Dr. Nedergaard began his career as an instructor at the Wenner-Gren Institute and served in various positions until his appointment to professor in 1999. He has been working in the field of brown adipose tissue for 40 years, and his research focuses on how brown adipose tissue affects regulation of energy expenditure and thermogenesis. In 2007, he and collaborators were the first to formulate that there was evidence that brown adipose tissue actually exists in adult humans. He showed the same year that brown and white adipocytes were of different origin, brown being of myogenic origin. Later he has demonstrated the significance of brown adipose tissue for counteracting obesity (2009) and that the “brite”/”beige” adipocytes are molecularly different from brown adipocytes (2010) but are thermogenically competent (2013). Dr. Nedergaard has been Dean of Biology at Stockholm University and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and serves as the secretary of its National Committee for Physiology. He has authored or co-authored 174 peer-reviewed publications and 120 review articles, some being basic reading for newcomers in the field. Dr. Nedergaard received his BS in chemistry and biology at the University of Gothenburg and his PhD at Stockholm University.