Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer
Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., was appointed JDRF’s first chief mission officer in 2014. As the key link between JDRF and the broad diabetes community, Dr. Kowalski combines his professional experience as a scientist with his personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for more than 30 years to help guide and champion JDRF’s programs focused on creating a world without T1D.
Dr. Kowalski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of diabetes technologies and has been a leader of the JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project, a multi-million dollar initiative that began in 2006 to accelerate the progress toward automated insulin-delivery systems. His ability to translate science into easily understandable concepts has made him a voice for diabetes research in the popular media, appearing on The Martha Stewart Show, dLife, Fox Business and NPR, among others. He is often quoted in the print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and People magazine.
Dr. Kowalski is a member of the JDRF Performance in Exercise and Knowledge (PEAK) Program’s expert panel and often speaks about the importance of exercise and diet in better diabetes control. While living with T1D, he has completed 17 marathons. He often shares his insights on exercise and diabetes on Twitter (@aaronjkowalski).
He earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in molecular genetics from Rutgers University.