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Jennifer K. Yee, M.D.

Dr. Jennifer K. Yee

Jennifer K. Yee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism

Contact Information:
1000 West Carson Street, Box 446
Torrance, CA 90509

Research Focus:
Dr. Yee completed her pediatric endocrinology fellowship training here at Harbor-UCLA and became a faculty member in 2007. Her main research interest is in the mechanisms of the development of obesity. She is currently using stable isotope techniques to study the fatty acid metabolic pathways in a rat model of prenatal nutritional programming of adult obesity. In parallel, she is also studying the plasma fatty acid composition of infants exposed to in utero nutritional imbalance. The goal of these projects is to evaluate fatty acid pathways as potential targets for obesity prevention. Dr. Yee is also studying the timing of development of cardiovascular disease in young adults with Type 2 Diabetes.

Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

Training:
Pediatric Internship and Residency, University of California, Irvine
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
T32 NIH Training Grant
UCLA K30 Graduate Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation, Track II

Education:
B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Emphasis in Cell and Developmental Biology; University and Departmental Honors
M.D., University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine

Selected Publications:

1. Jennifer K. Yee,, Shu Lim, Catherine S. Mao, Heidi S. Hummel, Sharon Sugano, Virender K. Rehan, Gary Xiao, Wai-Nang Paul Lee. “Compartmentalization of Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase Enzyme-1 in HepG2 Cells.” J Lipid Res. 2008 Oct;49(10):2124-34. Epub 2008 Jul 3. PMCID: PMC2533416

2. Paulin N Wahjudi; Mary E Patterson; Shu Lim; Jennifer K. Yee; Catherine S Mao; Paul Lee. “Measurement of Glucose and Fructose in Clinical Samples Using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry.” Clinical Biochemistry. 2010. 43(1-2):199-207. Epub Sept 8 2009. PMCID: PMC2812637

3. Jennifer K. Yee, Wai-Nang Paul Lee, Guang Han, Michael G. Ross, and Mina Desai. ”Organ-Specific Alterations in Fatty Acid De Novo Synthesis and Desaturation in a Rat Model of Programmed Obesity,” Lipids in Health and Disease, 2011, 10:72. PMCID: PMC3112422

4. Paulin N. Wahjudi, Jennifer K. Yee, Steven R. Martinez, Jin Zhang, Michael Teitell, Liana Nikolaenko, Ronald Swerdloff, Christina Wang, W.N. Paul Lee. “Turnover of Non-essential Fatty Acids in Cardiolipin from the Rat Heart.” J Lipid Res, Dec;52(12):2226-33. Epub 2011 Sep 27. PMID: 21957203

5. Yee JK, Phillips SA, Allamehzadeh K, Herbst KL. "Subcutaneous adipose tissue fatty acid desaturation in adults with and without rare adipose disorders." Lipids Health Dis. 2012 Feb 3;11(1):19. PMID: 22300160

6. Patterson ME, Mao CS, Yeh MW, Ipp E, Cortina G, Barank D, Vasinrapee P, Pawlikowska-Haddal A, Lee WN, Yee JK. Hyperinsulinism Presenting In Childhood and Treatment By Conservative Pancreatectomy. Endocr Pract. 2012 May 1:1-14. PMID: 22548943

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