Professor, Systems Biology and Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Dr. Mootha is a physician scientist whose research is focused on mitochondria, the “powerhouse of the cell.” His research team combines computational biology, biochemistry, and clinical medicine, to explore the physiology of this organelle and its role in disease.
His team has generated a molecular blueprint of mitochondria, identified gene circuits controlling organelle biogenesis, discovered the molecular identity of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter, and has identified over one dozen disease genes.
He has received numerous honors, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Judson Daland Prize of the American Philosophical Society, election to the Association of American Physicians, the Keilin Medal of the Biochemical Society, and a 2014 Padma Shri from the Government of India.