Principal Investigator 

Yu-Hua TsengYu-Hua Tseng, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Senior Investigator, Section on Integrative Physiology & Metabolism, Joslin Diabetes Center


Dr. Yu-Hua Tseng’s research is focused on understanding the physiological role and therapeutic potential of the energy-burning brown fat and its related beige fat, an area of great significance to both diabetes and medicine as a whole. Dr. Yu-Hua Tseng is a Senior Investigator in the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Tseng received her doctorate in Developmental Biology and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed postdoctoral training at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Tseng was an Eleanor and Miles Shore Scholar in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and received the Hazel K. Stiebeling Lectureship from Florida State University, the Armen Tashjian Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research, and the J Denis McGarry Prize from Montreal Diabetes Center.

Lab Manager 

LianTian Lian Huang, M.D.

Lab Manager



Postdoctoral Fellows 


TadatakaTadataka Tsuji, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Tadataka received his DDS and Ph.D. in Dentistry from Osaka University and has been working as a dentist and oral surgeon over the past 10 years in the First Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Osaka University. He joined the Tseng laboratory in 2018 through the Japanese Sunstar Foundation Scholarship. His current research interest is the artificial stimulation of BAT thermogenesis through the use of optical techniques. - CopySean Kodani, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Sean received his BS in Molecular Toxicology and Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Davis. His current research interest is to understand how lipid mediators regulate metabolic disease and brown adipose tissue physiology. 


Yang Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow 


Yang graduated from Jilin University, China and received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She joined Dr. Tseng’s laboratory in 2020. Her current research interests revolve around understanding and detailing the mechanisms that underlie the regulation of brown adipocytes’ thermogenesis.

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Henrique Camara, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow 


Henrique graduated in Biomedicine and received his M.Sc. in Genetics from Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the State University of Campinas, Brazil. He joined Dr. Tseng’s laboratory in 2021. Henrique is interested in understanding intercellular communication and thermogenic adipocyte heterogeneity within the adipose niche and their physiological relevance.


Rongbin Zheng, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow 


Rongbin graduated from Shandong Normal University, China, and received his Ph.D. in Biology (Bioinformatics) from Tongji University, China. His past research mainly related to transcriptional and epigenetic regulation. Currently, Rongbin is working on transcriptional regulation underlying brown adipocyte thermogenesis. He is also interested in studying cell-cell communications using computational modeling on single cell omics data.

IMG_5467 Anaysa Paola Bolin, Ph.D.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow 



Anaysa is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacology Department at Sao Paulo University, Brazil. She joined the Tseng Lab as a short-term visiting researcher fellow in January 2022 as a recipient of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Her current research interest is to understand the role of microRNAs in adipose tissue plasticity induced by excess of glucocorticoid treatment. Anaysa graduated in Pharmacy and received her M.Sc. in Heath Science from Cruzeiro do Sul University and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

thumbnail_3c1cf33d-593f-4cca-9400-c36433e6cb7fGerson Profeta Souza

Visiting Research Student


Gerson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. He obtained his master’s degree from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation – FIOCRUZ (2016). He was a technician in protein purification and crystallography platform at Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC-UNICAMP). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Campinas, Brazil. Gerson joined Dr. Tseng’s laboratory in 2021 as a visiting Ph.D. student. Gerson’s studies are focused on understanding how adrenergic stimulation regulates miRNA biogenesis in brown adipocytes. Gerson is a recipient of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).


Undergraduate Students

Head_Crop_PictureEsther Fadumiye

Undergraduate Student Intern/Researcher


Esther is a rising Senior at Harvard College, concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. She joined the Tseng Lab as a student researcher in January 2021, during the spring semester of her Junior year. Her current research interests include exploring metabolic pathways and thermogenesis in Brown Adipocytes.

IMG_55B48CEB1A30-1Yann-Hsiang (Victor) Chen

Undergraduate Student Intern/Researcher


Victor is a Junior at Tufts University majoring in Biology on the Premed Track. He joined the Tseng Lab as a student intern in September of 2021. Victor is interested in health and wellness, and more specifically resistance training and nutrition. His current research interest is exploring the thermogenic effects of BAT and how it could be effectively used to mitigate obesity.

Adjunct Faculty

MattMatthew Lynes, Ph.D.

Visiting Scientist, Section on Integrative Physiology & Metabolism, Joslin Diabetes Center

Faculty Scientist I, Maine Medical Research Institute, Scarborough ME


Matt Lynes is currently adjunct faculty at Joslin and a Faculty Scientist at Maine Medical Research Institute.  Matt has an undergraduate degree from Colby College and a graduate degree from Boston University.  Matt studies how humans and animals metabolize the food that they eat and how their bodies control the flow of metabolites to direct energy for either usage or storage.  He is the recipient of NIH F32 and K01 awards, an Early Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society, and a Joslin Diabetes Center DRC Pilot and Feasibility grant.



NameTraining Period & RoleCurrent Position
Tim J. Schulz, Ph.D. 2007-2012, Postdoctoral FellowProfessor, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Hongbin Zhang, Ph.D. 2008-2013, Postdoctoral FellowResearch Associate Professor,  University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kristy L. Townsend, Ph.D. 2009-2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, InstructorAssociate Professor at the Dept. of Neurosurgery, Ohio State University
Daniel O. Espinoza, Ph.D. 2006-2008, Postdoctoral FellowResearch Scientist, Emory University, Atlanta
Meiping Guan, M.D., Ph.D.2012-2013, Postdoctoral FellowDeputy Director of Dept. Endocrinology & Metabolism, Southern Medical University, Quangzhou, China
Morten Lundh, Ph.D. 2015-2016, Postdoctoral FellowProject Leader at Gubra Co., Copenhagen, Denmark
Mari Sato, D.D.S., Ph.D.2015-2017, Postdoctoral FellowAssistant Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan
Sheng-Chiang Su, M.D.2016-2017, Postdoctoral FellowAssistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Luiz Leiria, Ph.D. 2014-2017, Postdoctoral FellowAsst. Prof. of Pharmacology, University of São Paulo, CRID – The Ribeirão Preto Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil
Jianmei Li, M.D.2008-2009, Visiting ScientistAttending Physician, Bao’an Maternity & Child Health Hospital, Guangdong, China
Anibal S. Moura, Ph.D. 2012, Visiting ScientistProfessor, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Huei Sheng Huang, Ph.D. 2015-2016, Visiting ScientistProfessor, Department of Medical Lab Science and Biotechnology, National Cheng Kung University
Shuk-Man (Maria) Ka, Ph.D. 2017, Visiting ScientistProfessor, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Shifen Dong, Ph.D. 2017-2018, Visiting ScientistAssociate Professor, School of Chinese Materia MedicaBeijing University of Chinese Medicine
Rokus Kriszt, Ph.D. 2016, Visiting Grad StudentSite Partnership Manager, Sanofi, Hungary
Elena Kempf2016, Visiting Grad StudentPh.D. candidate, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Thomas D’Arpigny2015, Visiting Medical StudentResident in Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
Ana Alfaro2014-2015, Visiting Grad StudentPhD Candidate, Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center 
Lucy Lahrita, Ph.D. 2017, Visiting Grad StudentPostdoctoral Fellow, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Young-Mi Kwon2012-2013, Undergrad StudentResearch Assistant, Columbia University
Andrew Pan2013-2014, Undergrad StudentMD, University of Rochester
Omalade Sogade2014-2016, Undergrad StudentMedical Student, Washington University, School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri
Kunyan (Martin) Yang2016-2017, Undergrad Student; 2017-2018 Research AssistantGraduate Student, University of Alberta, Canada
Kylie Hung2017, Undergrad Student
Lindsay MacDougall2009-2012, Research AssistantNurse Practitioner at Shriver Clinical Services
Magda Blaszkiewcz2013-2014, Research AssistantPostdoctoral Fellow
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Simi Falako 2018-2020, Undergrad Student and InternAdvanced degree Candidate, Columbia University
Chih-Hao Wang2016-2020, Postdoctoral
Assistant Professor at China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
Justin Darcy2017-2020, Postdoctoral FellowScientist at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; Cambridge, MA.
Satoru Sugimoto2017-2021, Postdoctoral FellowAssistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
Farnaz Shamsi2015-2021, Postdoctoral Fellow, InstructorAssistant Professor, New York University
Matthew Lynes
2012-2021, Postdoctoral Fellow, InstructorFaculty Scientist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute; Adjunct Faculty/Visiting Scientist, Joslin
Marsha Wibowo2017-2022, Graduate Student Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.
Wen-Tung (Allen) Wu2022-2022, Visiting
Pharmacist at Tri Service General Hospital, Taiwan.

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