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Professor Giles Yeo MBE


Professor of Molecular Neuroendocrinology at the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge

About me

Giles Yeo received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Cambridge in 1998, after which he joined the lab of Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, working on the genetics of severe human obesity.

Giles Yeo is now a programme leader at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU) in Cambridge and his research currently focuses on the influence of genes on feeding behaviour and body weight. In addition, he is a graduate tutor and fellow of Wolfson College, and Honorary President of the British Dietetic Association. Giles is also a broadcaster and author, presenting science documentaries for the BBC, and hosts a podcast called ‘Dr Giles Yeo Chews The Fat’. His first book ‘Gene Eating’ was published in December 2018, and his second book ‘Why Calories Don’t Count’ came out in June 2021. Giles was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 birthday honours for services to ‘Research, Communication and Engagement’.



Society for Endocrinology Medal 2022

Appointed MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to ‘Research and Communication and Engagement’, 2020.

JBS Haldane Lecturer, 2019 JBS Haldane Lecture 2019 - Giles Yeo - Genetics Society(Opens in a new window)