Deborah J. CleggPhD
Dr. Deborah Clegg, PhD, is a faculty member with the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Her research is focused on understanding the impact of sex hormones on energy homeostasis, metabolic function and adipose tissue distribution, which ultimately will enhance our understanding of the role of estrogen in protecting against diseases associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Specifically, her lab researches whether androgens and estrogens are involved in the modulation of the major bioenergetic and/or biosynthetic pathways that normally support energy homeostasis and adipose tissue function.
After earning her bachelor's of science in Nutrition from Oregon State University, Clegg earned her MBA from Boston University and her PhD in Nutrition from the University of Georgia. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Obesity Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to numerous research papers, chapters and reviews, Clegg has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Clinical Investigation, Cell Metabolism, Endocrinology, Diabetes and American Journal of Physiology. She also serves as a reviewer for several journals and has been invited to lecture on her areas of expertise at both the international and national level.
Clegg is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and Society for Neuroscience. She is a past president of the American-European Dietetic Association.