Matthew Hirschey is a tenured Associate Professor at Duke University in the Departments of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, and is a faculty member of the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute where his lab is located.

His scientific interests include studying how cells integrate nutrient sensing and metabolism. He is particularly interested in understanding how metabolites and chemical modifications control metabolism. Metabolic regulation is important for several physiological states and disease processes, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and the aging process.

His work has appeared in several leading journals, including Nature, Science, Cell Metabolism and Molecular Cell. He has received numerous awards including an Innovator Award from the American Heart Association, a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes (HeIDi) Award, and the Glenn Award.

He received a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Gladstone Institutes at the University of California in San Francisco.



Matthew Hirschey




I’m a scientist at Duke University, and run a lab focused on metabolism and metabolic regulation. Starting in chemistry, we work on a lot of diseases including diabetes and cancer. Lately I’ve been interested in how people come up with good ideas, scientific and otherwise. I’ve started a writing project called Heureka!, which explores ideas around creativity and idea generation. I don’t know where the project will go, but am enjoying reading, thinking, and writing. I also started a new course this fall called Tidybiology: An Introduction to Biological Data Science in R. I’m becoming more certain that tools in Data Science can help graduate students and the biomedical science enterprise. I’m still running, and do garage gym workouts with a fit neighbor to fight aging. I recently completed a few obstacle course races, including the National and World Championships. My kids are still young, so having fun chasing them around in this brief time they want me around.


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