Gerard Karsenty, MD, PhD

Gerard Karsenty, MD, PhD

Research Interest


“Genetics to understand Development, Physiology and Pathogenesis of all diseases“

  • MD, PhD, Physiology, Paris Medical School, France
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Fellowship: National Institute of Health

1987-1988  Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Genetics, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

1988-1990  Research Associate, Molecular Genetics, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

1990-1995  Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

1996-1997  Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

1998-1999  Associate Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

1999-2006  Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

2006-Present  Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics and Development, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center

1991-present  American Society of Biological Chemistry 

1991-present  American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

1995-present  American Endocrine Society

2002-present  International Society of Matrix Biology 

2003-present  Member of the IBMS Board of Directors

2006-present  Member of Association of American Physicians

2008-present  Member of The American Physiological Society

2015-present  Member of National Academy of Medicine

2014-present  Member of The New York Academy of Sciences

2015-present  Member of American Society of Microbiology

2017-present  Member of the NOF Ambassadors Leadership Council

2017-present  Elected Associate Member of EMBO

2017:  Elected Associate Member of EMBO

2017: The AACE Frontiers in Science Award

2016: Steven's Triennial Prize for Excellence in Original Medical Research

2016: Roy E. Greep Award for Excellence in Basic Science, the Endocrine Society

2014: Member National Academy of Medicine

2012: Hoffenberg International Medal British Endocrine Society

2011: ASBMR William F. Neuman Award

2011: Herbert Fleisch Achievement Award in Basic Science, IOF

2011: Senior Scholar in Aging Ellison Foundation

2010: Jacobaeus Prize NovoNordisk Foundation, Denmark

2010: Member, College of CSR Reviewers, NIH

2010: Richard Lounsbery Award, National Academy of Science (USA), Academie des Sciences (France)

2008: Lee C. Howley Prize for Arthritis Research, Arthritis Foundation

2007: Schaefer Award, Columbia University Medical Center

2007: Drieu-Cholet Award, The French National Academy of    Medicine

2006: Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

2002: Member of The Association of American Physicians

2001: Louis V. Avioli Founders Award of the ASBMR

2001: D. Harold Copp Award of the IBMS

2000: Michael E. De Bakey Excellence in Science Award

1997: Research Award of the Austrian Bone and Mineral Research Society

1996: International Bone and Calcium Institute Young Scientist Award

1985: French Endocrine Society Award for Young Scientists

  • Theodoros Karnavas, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
  • Subrata Chowdhury, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Hong Liu, Lab Manager
  • Julian Meyer Berger, Student, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Logan Schulz, Technician

1: Lee NK, Sowa H, Hinoi E, Ferron M, Ahn JD, Confavreux C, Dacquin R, Mee PJ, McKee MD, Jung DY, Zhang Z, Kim JK, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Ducy P, Karsenty G. Endocrine regulation of energy metabolism by the skeleton. Cell. 2007 Aug 10;130(3):456-69. 

2: Ferron M, Wei J, Yoshizawa T, Del Fattore A, DePinho RA, Teti A, Ducy P, Karsenty G. Insulin signaling in osteoblasts integrates bone remodeling and energy metabolism. Cell. 2010 Jul 23;142(2):296-308. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2010.06.003. 

3: Oury F, Sumara G, Sumara O, Ferron M, Chang H, Smith CE, Hermo L, Suarez S, Roth BL, Ducy P, Karsenty G. Endocrine regulation of male fertility by the skeleton. Cell. 2011 Mar 4;144(5):796-809. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2011.02.004. Epub 2011 Feb 17.

4: Oury F, Khrimian L, Denny CA, Gardin A, Chamouni A, Goeden N, Huang YY, Lee H, Srinivas P, Gao XB, Suyama S, Langer T, Mann JJ, Horvath TL, Bonnin A, Karsenty, G. Maternal and offspring pools of osteocalcin influence brain development and functions. Cell. 2013 Sep 26;155(1):228-41. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.08.042.

5: Wei J, Shimazu J, Makinistoglu M, Maurizi A, Kajimura D, Zong H, Takarada T, Iezaki T, Pessin JE, Hinoi E, and Karsenty G. Glucose uptake and Runx2 synergize to orchestrate osteoblast differentiation and bone formation. Cell. 2015 161 (7): 1576-91.

6: Mera P, Laue K, Ferron M, Confavreux C, Wei J, Galan-Diez M, Lacampagne A, Mitchell SJ, Mattison JA, Chen Y, Bacchetta J, Szulc P, Kitsis RN, de Cabo R, Friedman RA, Torsitano C, McGraw TE, Puchowicz M, Kurland I and Karsenty G. Osteocalcin signaling in myofibers is necessary and sufficient for optimum adaptation to exercise. Cell Metab. 2016 23 (6):1078-92.


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