Jean Schaffer M.D.

​​Dr. Schaffer is an international leader in the pathophysiology of lipid metabolism and diabetes complications. She has discovered fundamental mechanisms of metabolic stress responses and translated her findings to provide new insights into the pathophysiology of cardiovascular complications of diabetes. After 24 years at Washington University School of Medicine, where she directed the NIH-funded Diabetes Research Center, Dr. Schaffer relocated to the Joslin and Harvard Medical School during summer 2019. Here, her laboratory will continue its focus on the cell biology of lipid metabolism and the pathophysiology of complications of metabolic disease. Dr. Schaffer is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School (Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program). She completed clinical training in medicine and cardiology at the Brigham and Women's and Beth Israel Hospitals at Harvard and post-doctoral training at the Whitehead Institute at MIT.