MGH Research Scholar
Endocrinologist, MGH Diabetes Center
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Member, Broad Institute
Dr. Jose Florez and his lab have contributed to the performance and analysis of genome-wide association studies in type 2 diabetes and related traits. He leads the genetic research efforts of the MGH Diabetes Prevention Program, where the effects of genetic variants on the development of diabetes can be examined and their impact on specific behavioral and pharmacological preventive interventions can be assessed. He is the principal investigator of the Study to Understand the Genetics of the Acute Response to Metformin and Glipizide in Humans (SUGAR-MGH).
In addition to his research and teaching duties, Dr. Florez is clinically active in the MGH Diabetes Center, the endocrine inpatient consult service and the Down Syndrome Program. He serves on the editorial boards of several publications and is the editor-in-chief for Current Diabetes Reports. He is an inductee of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the recipient of the MGH Physician Scientist Development Award, a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award, the MGH Department of Medicine Stephen Krane Award, the MGH Research Scholars Award, and the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Dr. Florez received his bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology/Physiology, his medical degree and his doctorate in Neuroscience at Northwestern University. He completed both his residency and fellowship at Mass General.