Drawn to biology’s least explored areas, Dr. Jared Rutter is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Rutter and his research group study how cells sense and detect energy needs for growth. Understanding the energy-sensing pathways in cells is important in cancer research because these pathways are often overactive in cancer and serve as a good target for new chemotherapy treatments. Specifically, his research is centered upon cellular metabolic homeostasis—the concept that cells must constantly monitor their nutrient, metabolic and hormonal environments and adjust their behavior accordingly.
Rutter received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Utah, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.