Jennifer K. Yee, M.D.

Jennifer Yee, MD

Investigator, The Lundquist Institute
Assistant Professor-in-Residence Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Division of Endocrinology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center


Mechanisms of the development of obesity

Research Description

Dr. Yee is an investigator in childhood obesity and lipid metabolism. She uses a metabolomic approach to study fatty acid biomarkers of adiposity in infants and young children. She also studies the delivery of clinical interventions to address childhood obesity involving Stage 3 multidisciplinary care.
Research Interests


  • MD, 2001, University Of California College Of Medicine, Irvine, CA

Recent and/or Significant Publications

Yee JK, Lee WN, Han G, Ross MG, Desai M. Organ-specific alterations in fatty acid de novo synthesis and desaturation in a rat model of programmed obesity. Lipids Health Dis. 2011;10:72. Published 2011 May 11. doi:10.1186/1476-511X-10-72
Yee JK, Mao CS, Ross MG, et al. High oleic/stearic fatty-acid desaturation index in cord plasma from infants of mothers with gestational diabetes. J Perinatol. 2014;34(5):357–363. doi:10.1038/jp.2014.23
Yee JK, Han G, Vega J, Lee WP, Ross MG, Desai M. Fatty Acid de Novo Synthesis in Adult Intrauterine Growth-Restricted Offspring, and Adult Male Response to a High Fat Diet. Lipids. 2016 Dec;51(12):1339-1351. Epub 2016 Sep 22.
Jia Y, Yee JK, Wang C, et al. Testosterone protects high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in castrated male rats mainly via modulating endoplasmic reticulum stress. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2018;314(4):E366–E376. doi:10.1152/ajpendo.00124.2017
Yee, J.K., Lucas-Wright, A., Liu, P.Y., Chung, B., Bross, R., Malkhassian, S., ... Jones, L. (2018). Initiating Dialogue in Community-Partnered Participatory Research to Address Obesity in South Los Angeles. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 29(2), 601-614. doi:10.1353/hpu.2018.0044.