About Stephan Guyenet


Hello—I’m Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D.  After earning a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, I completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, then went on to study the neuroscience of obesity and eating behavior as a postdoctoral fellow.  I’ve spent a total of 12 years in the neuroscience research world studying neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience of body fatness.  My publications in scientific journals have been cited over 1,800 times by my peers.

Today, I continue my mission to advance science and public health as a writer, international speaker, and science consultant.  My book, The Hungry Brain, was released in February of 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly.  Current clients include GiveWell and the Examine.com Research Digest.  Past clients include the Open Philanthropy Project.  I am the co-designer of an innovative course-based fat loss program called the Ideal Weight Program.

I live in the Seattle area, where I grow much of my own food, use my bicycle to get around, and brew a mean hard cider.

Research – writing – interviews – speaking – science consulting

I have an excellent track record of collaborating on a wide variety of research topics, making research understandable and exciting to a broad audience through my speaking and writing, and consulting with organizations that need scientific expertise. Please contact me for availability.


I look forward to hearing from you at s.guyenet [at] gmail [dot] com.

I apologize in advance that I can’t respond to all messages due to the volume of e-mail I receive.