Gerry Hammond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His lab studies mechanisms of membrane homeostasis in health and disease, with a focus on regulation by inositol lipids. Specific areas of research include inositol lipids in membrane contact site biology and lipid transfer, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signalling in cancer as well as the integration of plasma membrane functions by phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) in normal and diseased states. The lab specializes in microscopy using optical biosensors and chemo/optogenetic approaches to study these problems in single living cells.
Recently he became a member of the Journal of Cell Science Editorial Advisory Board.