August 2019

Congratulations to Michael Ohene-Adjei for the best poster prize at the Institute for Human Nutrition Annual Poster retreat. Michael presented his work on “Under-diagnosis of dyslipidemia in children by the use of adult reference ranges.”

July 2019

The Columbia team including the Thaker and Doege Labs receive an award from ROHHAD Association to continue their work on ROHHAD syndrome.

June 2019

Dr. Thaker received the New York Obesity and Nutrition Center Pilot and Feasibility grant to study the function of a novel gene associated with obesity. 

April 2019

Congratulations to Nia Ebrahim and Lynette Pan for oral presentation at the Pediatric Endocrine  Society Obesity Special Interest Group annual meeting on April 25th, 2019. 

Nia Ebrahim presented, “Novel method for classification of BMI using longitudinal clinical measurements and its validation Novel method for classification of BMI using longitudinal clinical measurements and its validation.” 

Lynette Pan presented “Mediation of Subclinical Hypothyroidism in the Development of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver in Obese Children and Adolescents."

February 2019

Congratulations to Presley Nichols and Lynette Pan for their late-breaking abstract at ENDO 2019, New Orleans on Saturday, March 23, titled, “Association of Subclinical Hypothyroidism with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver in Children with Overweight and Obesity.”

January 2019

Dr. Thaker’s team receives Irving Institute 2019 Precision Medicine Pilot and Feasibility Award.

Dr. Thaker is designated Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholar’s from Columbia University. This program supports physicians who are on a tenure track and conduct research that has the promise of ultimately bringing new treatments to patients. Learn more here.


Lori Zeltser, PhD

The Thaker lab provides assistance in analyzing high throughput sequencing data analysis for Dr. Lori Zeltser’s lab. Research in the Zeltser laboratory explores how developmental influences exert lasting impacts on body weight regulation. 

Claudia Doege, PhD

Dr. Claudia Doege’s lab specializes in developing induced pluripotent stem cell derived hypothalamic neurons. The collaboration with the Doege lab aims to elucidate the mechanisms of genes newly identified from human sequencing studies for functional validation in cellular and animal models.


Joel Hirschhorn, MD, PhD

Dr. Joel Hirschhorn is a human geneticist, pediatrician and endocrinologist. He leads the population based GIANT consortium to study the genetic influences on anthropometric traits such as height and weight. He is the division chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital and an associate member of the Broad Institute. He has mentored over 20 doctoral and postdoctoral students, many of whom now have independent academic careers.

Joseph Majzoub, MD

Dr. Majzoub is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief emeritus of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital. The goal of his research is to understand the effect of stress on various aspects of human health. In his long tenure as the division chief, Dr. Majzoub has mentored a generation of pediatric endocrinologists and researchers.