U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Carol Renfrew Haft

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-7689
Email: haftc@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Program DirectorCell Biology and Adipocyte Biology, NIDDK, NIH2000-2004
  • Staff ScientistDiabetes Branch, NIDDK, NIH1999-2000
  • Senior Staff FellowNIDDK, NIH1996-1999
  • Research FellowNIDDK, NIH1991-1996
  • Ph.D.The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine1991

Carol Renfrew Haft, Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases

Current Responsibilities and Activities

I serve as senior advisor for cell biology and associate director for grants administration.  I manage a basic cell biology research portfolio that includes studies on protein trafficking, protein misfolding, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and lysosomal storage diseases.  I also manage a second grant portfolio focused on the life cycle of the adipocyte and fat tissue biology.  A better understanding of basic cellular functions in health and disease will enable scientists to develop improved treatments for conditions such as lipodystrophy, obesity, and diabetes.

I also coordinate the Division’s NIDDK Advisory Council activities and work with other units in the NIDDK to coordinate the Division’s expenditure of funds.  I participate in several NIDDK working groups, including those focused on obesity, translation, council operations, and training and career development.

​Research Programs

Genetic Metabolic Disease
This program supports basic and clinical research that addresses the pathophysiology and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism and rare genetic metabolic diseases, including lipodystrophy, maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY), Primary Hyperoxaluria, systemic amyloidosis and porphyria.

Metabolic Pathways
This program supports research on the pathways that are involved in intermediary metabolism, from a whole-body, tissue, cellular, or the molecular perspective, as they impact metabolic diseases