Skip to main content

Although we are excited to have our fellows back on campus and working in Byerly Hall, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs remain primarily virtual as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates.

Fellowship / Fellows

Barbara B. Kahn

  • 2010–2011
  • Medicine
  • Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Headshot of Barbara B. Kahn
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.

Barbara B. Kahn is chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized scientist in the area of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and her lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying these conditions, including the regulation of insulin action, food intake, and energy balance.At the Radcliffe Institute, Kahn will investigate a newly discovered mechanism by which fat cells regulate insulin sensitivity. She will elucidate the structure and function of a novel class of lipids that her lab, in collaboration with Alan Saghatelian in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard, recently discovered and determine their role in normal metabolic physiology. Kahn received BA and MD degrees from Stanford University and an MS from the University of California at Berkeley. After completing internal medicine training at the UC Davis Medical Center, she began her career in molecular research at the National Institutes of Health. Kahn has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association; the H. C. Jacobaeus Prize from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Karolinska Institutet; the Charles H. Best Lectureship and Award from the University of Toronto; and the Gerald D. Aurbach Award Lecture from the Endocrine Society. Kahn was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Related link:

Our 2021–2022 Fellows

01 / 09

News & Ideas

Back to top