Limna - Lausanne Integrative Metabolism Nutrition Alliance

Kei Sakamoto

PhD, Guest member of the Direction Committee - Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Short CV

Dr Kei Sakamoto (Guest Member of the Direction Committee) is heading up Diabetes & Circadian Rhythms department of the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), official sponsor of LIMNA, located within the campus of École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL). A key goal of Kei’s research team is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that control glucose and energy homeostasis with the aim of identifying novel natural products that help to maintain/improve metabolic health.

Kei undertook his PhD research at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr Laurie Goodyear, where he studied how metabolic responses during exercise in muscle are regulated by complex signaling networks. In 2003, Kei moved to the University of Dundee and carried out his postdoctoral research at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, working with Professor Dario Alessi. He made an important identification that a molecular signaling pathway called “LKB1-AMPK” system plays a critical role in controlling cellular energy balance in muscle during exercise. Kei set up his own laboratory in the MRC Unit in 2006 and was appointed Program Leader and Head of Molecular Physiology in 2007. He took current position at NIHS in 2012 and was appointed as Professor at EPFL in 2013.

Kei has received several young investigator awards from the American Physiological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He is an advisory board member for Diabetologia journal and also editorial board member for renowned biochemistry & physiology journals.


Kei Sakamoto, PhD
Head of Diabetes & Circadian Rhythms
Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences SA
EPFL Innovation Park, bâtiment G
1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)