Carey Nien-Kai Lumeng, MD, PhD
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Elected 2021

Carey N. Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D., is the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor for the Cure and Prevention of Birth Defects, Professor of pediatrics and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Lumeng graduated from Princeton University with a degree in molecular biology. He matriculated into the U-M Medical Scientist Training Program where he completed his Ph.D. training in the Department of Human Genetics in the laboratory of Jeffrey Chamberlain, Ph.D., studying the pathogenesis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. After graduation, he completed residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Lumeng returned to U-M for a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology where he developed an interest in the links between obesity and pulmonary diseases. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Alan Saltiel, Ph.D., studying adipose tissue biology. Dr. Lumeng made groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of adipose tissue inflammation in obesity. Since starting his own laboratory, Dr. Lumeng has continued to advance the field of immunometabolism to unveil the inflammatory contributions to obesity-associated diseases such as metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. He has published over 80 peer reviewed publications and has been funded by awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Lumeng has mentored graduate students in immunology, cellular and molecular biology, and molecular and integrative physiology. Six of his postdoctoral trainees have moved on to independent research faculty positions.

Dr. Lumeng has served as associate editor for Diabetes and JCI Insight, as chair and program chair of ObesityWeek, and as standing member of an NIH study section on the physiology of obesity. At the U-M Medical School, Dr. Lumeng has continued to contribute to medical education as associate director of the U-M Medical Scientist Training Program, a member of the Admissions Executive Committee, and director of the UM-SMART summer program for students interested in M.D./Ph.D. training. Dr. Lumeng continues to see patients at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital as a pediatric pulmonologist.