Dr Richard J Auchus is Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes at the University of Michigan and Director of the Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism Fellowship Program at Michigan. He did postdoctoral work and training at the University of California, San Francisco prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern in Dallas. He served as Acting Chief of the Divisions of Endocrinology and Translational Research in Dallas before his relocation to Michigan in 2011.
Dr Auchus and his group are active in research projects ranging from basic chemical principles of steroid biosynthetic enzymes and steroid mass spectrometry to clinical and translational investigation in disorders of the pituitary, adrenal ovaries, and testes that cause hypertension, infertility, and obesity. The common theme of all his work is steroid and sterol biosynthesis and action with an emphasis on the chemistry of human diseases. He collaborates with a range of investigators spanning a broad range of science from clinical neurobiology to molecular mechanisms regulating hormone production and action from nematodes to human beings. His clinical interests also focus on pituitary, adrenal, and reproductive diseases that involve disorders of steroid production, and he is particularly interested in the care of adults with genetic disorders of steroid biosynthesis and action. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors such as Burroughs Wellcome Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research and the Jean D. Wilson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Scientific Mentoring at UT Southwestern. He has authored over 180 journal articles and 30 book chapters, and he has presented at a diverse range of national and international conferences.