Roger Cone earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Princeton University in 1980. Starting in 1985, Cone was a fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 1988, he became an assistant professor in the Division of Molecular Medicine at the New England Medical Center, where he remained until he accepted his appointment to the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in 1990. In 2003, Cone was selected to be the Director of the Center for the Study of Weight Regulation and Associated Disorders at OHSU, and in 2008 he moved to Vanderbilt to be Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
, and Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism
Cone's research is at the forefront of work directed toward understanding how the brain controls body weight. Cone has received both local and international awards for this work, including the Ernst Oppenheimer Award (U.S. Endocrine Society), the Berthold Memorial Award (German Endocrine Society), the Freedom to Discover Award for Distinguished Achievement in Metabolic Diseases Research from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Ipsen Prize, the Berson Award from the American Physiological Society, and the Donald Steiner Award from the University of Chicago. In 2010, Dr. Cone was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Cone holds several U.S. patents and has published over 100 scholarly articles. He serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the NIDDK, the Editorial Board of Cell Metabolism, and the board of the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation.