Richard Simerly is Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Professor of Biological Sciences in the division of Neurobiology at USC. He also serves as Deputy Director of The Saban Research Institute and Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Program in the Saban Research Institute of CHLA.
Before joining the CHLA faculty, Dr. Simerly was Senior Scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, and a faculty member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and Department of Cell and Developmental Biology of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Simerly is a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also a postdoctoral fellow and Senior Research Associate at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor in The Neurosciences Department of The University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Simerly is an internationally recognized expert on hormonal control of brain development and his current research is focused on understanding how forebrain circuits that control body weight and energy metabolism develop in response to endocrine and nutritional cues. Obesity and type 2 diabetes represent major threats to pediatric health; and Dr. Simerly’s laboratory is currently studying how leptin signaling and neonatal nutrition impact development of hypothalamic neuronal circuits that control feeding and glucose metabolism.