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Peter Havel- BS, DVM, PhD
Professor and Researcher
Molecular Biosciences

3426 Meyer Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 0882


Research Focus

Nutrition, Metabolism, Integrative Physiology, Endocrinology, and Pharmacology.

Application of physiological, biochemical, and molecular approaches for the investigation of endocrine function and the clinical syndromes diabetes and obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Pharmacological treatment of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease

Specialty Focus

Physiology and pathophysiology of pancreatic, gastrointestinal and adipocyte hormones, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in humans and animals, including clinical research and studies in nonhuman primate and rodent models of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and molecular/biochemical studies using in vitro systems.

Pharmacological and nutritional prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity, and CVD.


1988 BS Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1994 DVM , University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis
1994 PhD Area of Specialization&I#58; Pharmacology., University of California, Davis

Honors and Awards

2009 Pfizer Visiting Professor in Obesity at the University of Colorado, Denver and presented Endocrine Grand Rounds and Renal Grand Rounds in September, 2009
2006 Professional Award for original research in Human Nutrition from Grupo Bimbo Panamericano. Award presented in Mexico City, March, 2007.
2003 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research, Academic Federation Committee on Research, University of California, Davis.
2000 Shih-Chun Wang Award from the American Physiological Society for excellence in physiology research. (Includes $12,000 monetary award for recipient's research program)
1999 Outstanding Investigator Award, American Federation for Medical Research (Western Section). Presented at the Annual meeting in Carmel, CA
1996 New Investigator Award, North American Society for the Study of Obesity
1994 Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine (Lambda Chapter)
1994 Journal Scholarship Award, Charles Louis Davis Foundation for Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology for outstanding paper in Veterinary Pathology
1991 Robert Emrie Smith Memorial Research Fellowship for research achievement, Dept of Physiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1990-1993 Achievement Awards for College Scientists (ARCS) researchy fellowships, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1990, 1991 New Investigator Travel Awards, European Association for the Study of Diabetes
1990 University of California Regents' Fellowship, Graduate Division, UC Davis
1989-1990 New Investigator Travel Awards, The Endocrine Society
1988-93 NIH Predoctoral Training Fellowship, Dept. of Nutrition, University of California, Davis

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Effects of 2-weeks fructose & HFCS consumption on dyslipidemia & insulin resistance, (Principal Investigator), NIH/NHLBI

Principal Investigator, Prevention of diabetes with growth hormone and liraglutide alone and in combination in UC Davis Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Rats, (Principal Investigator), Novo Nordisk, Inc. Copenhagen, Demark

Co-Investigator, Stress, socioeconomic status and obesity, Eppel (Principal Investigator), UCOP

Principal Investigator, Prevention of type 2 diabetes melliltus with alogliptin and pioglitazone, alone and in combination in UCD-T2DM rat model of type 2 diabetes, (Principal Investigator), Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.

Principal Investigator, Fatty acid sources of fructose & HFCS-induced postprandial hypertriglyceridemia, (Principal Investigator), NIH/NHLBI

Principal Investigator, Genetics of obesity in Yup'ik Eskimos, (Principal Investigator), NUTR: Havel lab assays, Univ. of Alaska

Principal Investigator, Dissecting mechanisms by which IT and VSG surgery delay type 2 diabetes onset in the UCD-T2DM rat, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Principal Investigator, MOUSE METABOLIC PHENOTYPING CENTER (MMPC) AT UC DAVIS, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Woolley JD, Khan BK, Natesan A, Karydas A, Dallman M, Havel P, Miller BL, Rankin KP Satiety-related hormonal dysregulation in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia. Neurology,
  • Link Icon 2014 Bremer AA, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Cummings BP, Ampah SB, Saville BR, Havel PJ Fish oil supplementation ameliorates fructose-induced hypertriglyceridemia and insulin resistance in adult male rhesus macaques. J Nutr,
  • Link Icon 2014 Campos GM, Rabl C, Havel PJ, Rao M, Schwarz JM, Schambelan M, Mulligan K Changes in post-prandial glucose and pancreatic hormones, and steady-state insulin and free fatty acids after gastric bypass surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis,
  • Link Icon 2014 Nash SH, Kristal AR, Bersamin A, Choy K, Hopkins SE, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, Boyer BB, O'Brien DM Isotopic estimates of sugar intake are related to chronic disease risk factors but not obesity in an Alaska native (Yup'ik) study population. Eur J Clin Nutr,
  • Link Icon 2013 Rezvani R, Cianflone K, McGahan JP, Berglund L, Bremer AA, Keim NL, Griffen SC, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL Effects of sugar-sweetened beverages on plasma acylation stimulating protein, leptin and adiponectin: relationships with metabolic outcomes. Obesity (Silver Spring),
  • Link Icon 2013 Cummings BP, Graham JL, Stanhope KL, Chouinard ML, Havel PJ Maternal ileal interposition surgery confers metabolic improvements to offspring independent of effects on maternal body weight in UCD-T2DM rats. Obes Surg,
  • Link Icon 2013 Bray M, Pomeroy, J, Knowler WC, Bersamin A, Hopkins S, Brage S, Stanhope K, Havel PJ, Boyer BB Simple anthropometrics are more correlated with health variables than are estimates of body composition in Yup'ik people. Obesity (Silver Spring),
  • Link Icon 2013 Hedderson MM, Darbinian J, Havel PJ, Quesenberry CP, Sridhar S, Ehrlich S, Ferrara A Low prepregnancy adiponectin concentrations are associated with a marked increase in risk for development of gestational diabetes mellitus. Diabetes care,
  • Link Icon 2013 Stanhope KL, Schwarz JM, Havel PJ Adverse metabolic effects of dietary fructose: results from the recent epidemiological, clinical, and mechanistic studies. Curr Opin Lipidol,
  • Link Icon 2013 Aslibekyan S, Vaughan LK, Wiener HW, Lemas DJ, Klimentidis YC, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL, O'brien DM, Hopkins SE, Boyer BB, Tiwari HK Evidence for novel genetic loci associated with metabolic traits in Yup'ik people. Am J Hum Biol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2011 Havel PJ, Bremer AA: Endocrine Regulation of energy Homeostasis: Implications for Obesity and diabetes, MS Ríos, JM Ordovás, JA Gutiérrez-Fuentes, (ed), Obesity. 107-126.

2008 Havel PJ: Endocrine and metabolic consequences of consuming beverages containing glucose and/or fructose, , Issues in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Risk Management, Chevy Chase, MD. 18-20.

2007 Taborsky GJ, Ahren B, Havel PJ: Autonomic Mediation of Glucagon Secretion During Hypoglycemia, P. Robertson, (ed), Commentaries on Perspectives in Diabetes. 42-54.

2007 Havel PJ: Sorting out satiety and weight regulation:hormones and dietary macronutrients, G Wardlaw, (ed), Perspectives in Nutrition, 7th Edition. 479-480.

2005 Keim NL, Levin RJ, Havel PJ: Carbohydrates, AC Ross, (ed), Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th Edition. 62-82.