Growth Hormone

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1

Yakar Lab

Molecular Pathobiology
Room 901E Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Phone: (212) 998-9721


Dr. Shoshana Yakar obtained her PhD in genetics from The Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1996. That same year, she joined the Clinical Endocrinology Branch at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Derek LeRoith. Since then, she has focused her research on the physiological roles of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) family of ligands and receptors during development and aging. In 2001, Dr. Yakar became a staff scientist at the NIH and continued leading research on IGFs.

In 2005, Dr. Yakar became an Assistant Professor at the Endocrine Department of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. While at Mount Sinai, she more deeply explored the roles of the growth hormone (GH), and the GH/IGF-1 axis in the growing and aging skeleton. In recognition of her research achievements, she was awarded The Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award and promoted to Associate Professor in 2009.

In 2011, Dr. Yakar joined the NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) as an Associate Professor. She was tenured in 2014 and continues her research initiatives today. Dr. Yakar has served as the Director of the Micro-CT Core Facility at the NYUCD since 2013. The Core serves over 30 labs across the NYUCD and NYU Langone Health. Dr. Yakar has established standard operating procedures, developed protocols for soft tissue imaging, implemented a data storage program, and trained technicians and users in data acquisition and analyses.

Dr. Yakar's research has been funded by NIH and pharma. Her studies have been published in >135 manuscripts and cited >14,000 times.