Catching Up with Robert Gabbay

What led you to specialize in the study of obesity and diabetes?

I started as a basic science researcher with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and was intrigued by the fact that, of all the hormones, insulin was responsible for the biggest health issue and was the least understood at the time. Over time, it has been a great journey learning about and working primarily on diabetes, but in the context of projects that involve all sorts of different disciplines—from molecular aspects to public health issues—essentially from the molecule to Medicare.

three researchers in lab coats conferring in hospital hallway
London Wolfe Photography

Bob Gabbay (right) confers with colleagues at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

What is the most challenging aspect of your research?

The most challenging aspect of my research is moving quickly enough to be able to take what we know works to the masses. The goal is to find a cure, so understanding how to help doctors do so is another challenging aspect of medical research.

What is your favorite food? Favorite workout activity?

I love all kinds of food really; I love dining out. French, Italian, Thai, you name it—I enjoy it all! I do yoga a couple times a week and like biking. In fact, I just got back from a bike trip to Burgundy, France!

What is the most intriguing place you've traveled to as a result of your research?

This is a tough one to answer. In the last couple of years the most intriguing destinations have been Hong Kong and Mexico City.

When you're not working, what are your favorite pastimes?

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and listening to music.

Last Updated October 26, 2010