Michigan Diabetes Research Center: Members

Steven F. Abcouwer, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical School
Diabetic retinopathy, neurodegeneration, microglia
James E. Aikens, PhD
Professor of Family Medicine, Medical School
Depression, self-management, health behavior
Neil B. Alexander, MD, MS
Professor of Internal Medicine and Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology, Medical School
Falls, exercise, mobility
Anuska V. Andjelkovic-Zochowski, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Research Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, Medical School
Blood-brain barrier, tight junction, vascular inflammation
David A. Antonetti, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Diabetic retinopathy, blood-retinal barrier, tight junctions
Peter Arvan, MD, PhD
William K. and Delores S. Brehm Professor of Type 1 Diabetes Research, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Insulin synthesis, secretion, protein folding
Richard J. Auchus, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School
Cushing's disease, steroid biosynthesis
Sami Barmada, MD, PhD
Angela Dobson Welch and Lyndon Welch Research Professor and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Medical School
ALS, FTD, neurodegeneration
Katherine Werdann Bauer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Pediatric obesity, behavioral nutrition, obesity epidemiology
Markus Bitzer, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Diabetic nephropathy, aging-associated glomerulopathy, non-coding RNA, TGF-beta signaling
Michael Boehnke, PhD
Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Statistical genetics, type 2 diabetes and related traits, human gene mapping
Dave Bridges, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Glucocorticoids, mTORC1, energy expenditure
Steven Britton, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology, and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Metabolism, exercise, animal models
Robert D. Brook, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, hypertension, air pollution, insulin resistance
Charles Burant, MD, PhD
Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism, Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School and Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Obesity, metabolomics, insulin resistance, beta-cell biology
Julia V. Busik, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University
Microvascular complications, retinopathy, dyslipidemia
Brian Callaghan, MD, MS
Fovette E. Dush Early Career Professor and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Medical School
Diabetic complications, neuropathy, metabolic syndrome
Gregory Cartee, PhD
Associate Dean, Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology, Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Exercise physiology, glucose transport, insulin signaling
Christin Carter-Su, PhD
Anita H. Payne Distinguished University Professor of Physiology, Henry Sewall Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Academic Program Director, Michigan Diabetes Research Center and Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Regulation of energy expenditure, growth hormone receptors and actions, JAK/Stat signaling
Cristina Cebrian Ligero, PhD
Clinical Lecturer in Internal Medicine, Medical School
Kidney development, branching morphogenesis, nephrogenesis
Xuequn Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology, School of Medicine, Wayne State University
Quantitative proteomics, proinsulin ER export, beta cell ER homeostasis
Tae-Hwa Chun, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Extracellular matrix, matrix metalloproteinase, adipose tissue, adipocytes, obesity, diabetes
Roger Cone, PhD
Asa Gray Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences, Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute, Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Role of neural circuits in obesity, disease cachexia, development of small molecule compounds for the treatment of obesity, central nervous system control of energy homeostasis
Corentin Cras-Meneur, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Developmental biology, insulin signaling, diabetes
Matthew J. DiMagno, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic secretion
Zora Djuric, PhD
Research Professor, Family Medicine, Medical School and Research Professor, Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Obesity prevention, dietary intervention, biomarkers
Dana Dolinoy, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health and Research Associate Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development
Developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), epigenetics, endocrine disrupting chemicals
Cunming Duan, PhD
Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Hormonal control of growth, IGF, hypoxia
Monica Dus, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Obesity, epigenetics, neurobiology
Carol F. Elias, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School
Obesity, diabetes, neuroendocrinology
Vicki L. Ellingrod, PharmD
John Gideon Searle Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Schizophrenia, diabetes, folate
Yanbo Fan, MD, PhD
Research Investigator, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Diabetes, vascular disease, genetics
Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD
Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, Professor of Neurology and Director, Medical School Administration Dean's Office, Medical School
Diabetic neuropathy, insulin-like growth factors, neuromuscular diseases
Carrie R. Ferrario, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School
Individual differences in susceptibility to obesity, brain reward and motivational systems, behavioral neuropharmacology, striatal glutamate systems, electrophysiology
Diane C. Fingar, PhD
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School
Insulin signaling, mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), cell growth
Jonathan N. Flak, PhD
Research Investigator, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Hypoglycemia, neurocircuitry, counterregulation
Patrice E. Fort, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical School
Retinal physiology, regulation of crystallin proteins in the retina
Katherine A. Gallagher, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical School
Diabetic wound healing, diabetic peripheral arterial disease, macrophages in diabetes
Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Diabetic retinopathy, insulin receptor signaling, retinal cell death
Puneet Garg, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Molecular biology of glomerular slit diaphragm, vascular calcification in end stage renal disease, hypertension
Paula Goforth, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, Pharmacology, Medical School
Electrophysiology, glucose homeostasis, hypothalamus
James G. Granneman, PhD
Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Internal Medicine and Director, Center for Integrative Metabolic and Endocrine Research (CIMER), Wayne State University
Adipose tissue, lipolysis, diabetes
Brigid Gregg, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School
Developmental programming, pancreatic beta-cells, diabetes
Jeffrey B. Halter, MD
Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Research Professor Emeritus, Institute of Gerontology, Medical School
Diabetes mellitus in older adults, pathophysiology of age-related changes of glucose metabolism, regulation of autonomic nervous system function in aging and impaired homeostasis
Jennifer Harder, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Epithelial cell polarity, diabetic kidney disease, translational research
Rebecca Hasson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology and Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Childhood obesity, insulin resistance, racial/ethnic health disparities
William H. Herman, MD, MPH
Stefan S. Fajans MD/GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Diabetes, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Prevention, epidemiology, complications, clinical economics, health services research
Jennifer Wootton Hill, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Toledo
Hypothalamus, energy homeostasis, fertility
Israel Hodish, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Beta-cell biology, insulin therapy, transgenic mice
Michael Holinstat, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Thrombosis, signal transduction, pharmacology, hematology
Jeffrey Horowitz, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology
Obesity, exercise, metabolism
Ken Inoki, MD, PhD
Roger C. Wiggins Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences, Research Associate Professor, Life Sciences Institute, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Role of the mTOR signaling pathway in the deployment of diabetic complications such as diabetic nephropathy; by using biochemical and genetic approaches, we investigate the molecular mechanisms by which dys-regulation of mTORC1 occurs in glomerular podocytes and causes their injury and glomerular dysfunction under diabetic conditions
James S. Jackson, PhD
Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
Diabetes, translation health interventions and behavioral approaches into community health care settings
Juan Carlos Jaume, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Interim Director, Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER)
Endocrine autoimmunity, autoimmune thyroid diseases, tumor immunity
Alex Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University
Ingestive behavior, reward learning, neurobiology
Wenjun Ju, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Non-invasive biomarker for diagnosis and prognosis of diabetic kidney disease, role of major glomerular cell lineage-specific genes in diabetic kidney disease, systems biology
Alla Karnovsky, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School
Systems biology, bioinformatics, metabolomics
Robert T. Kennedy, PhD
Hobart H. Willard Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Department of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School
Insulin secretion, metabolomics, microfluidics
Tom K. W. Kerppola, PhD
Professor of Biological Chemistry, Medical School and Professor of Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Transcription regulation and chromatin architecture, molecular interactions, live cell imaging
Catherine Kim, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Women, diabetes, sex hormones, menopause, contraception
Ronald J. Koenig, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Medical Scientist Training School
PPARgamma, thyroid hormone, transcription
Anjaneyulu Kowluru, PhD
Associate Dean for External Scientific Affairs and Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
Insulin secretion, GTP-binding proteins, islet biology
Renu Kowluru, MS, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Anatomy/Cell Biology and Endocrinology, School of Medicine, Wayne State University
Diabetic retinopathy, epigenetics, oxidative stress, mitochondria
Matthias Kretzler, MD
Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Research Professor, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School
Systems biology, diabetic nephropathy, molecular diagnostics
Katsuo Kurabayashi, PhD
Associate Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Single-cell transcriptomic screening, drop seq technology, biosensor technology for high-speed biomarker screening
Beata Lecka-Czernik, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Toledo
Diabetic bone disease, antidiabetic therapies and bone, bone marrow adipose tissue
Joyce M. Lee, MD, MPH
Robert P. Kelch, MD, Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School and Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Pediatric diabetes, pediatric obesity, epidemiology
Jun Hee Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerontology, Medical School
AMPK and MTOR signaling pathways, insulin resistance and hepatosteatosis upon sestrin loss and obesity, obesity-induced inflammation and liver carcinogenesis
Menq-Jer Lee, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology, School of Medicine, Wayne State University
Sphingolipid, GPCR, inflammation
Todd Leff, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology, School of Medicine, Wayne State University
Diabetes, gene expression, nuclear receptors
Gina M. Leinninger, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University
Lateral hypothalamus, neural regulation of feeding, neuropeptides
Stephen I. Lentz, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Cell imaging, microscopy, diabetic complications
Jun Z. Li, PhD
Associate Professor of Human Genetics and Associate Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School
Genetics, genomics, statistics
Jiandie Lin, PhD
Bradley M. Patten Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School
Adipokine, glucose sensing, skeletal muscle, NASH, brown fat
Ming Liu, PhD
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Insulin, biosynthesis
Malcolm J. Low, MD, PhD
David F. Bohr Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Michigan Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center, Medical School
Hypothalamic control of energy and glucose homeostasis, neuropeptide gene expression, neural circuits underlying food reward
Carey Nien-Kai Lumeng, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Obesity, inflammation, macrophage, insulin resistance, adipose tissue
Julie C. Lumeng, MD
Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development, Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School and Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Childhood obesity, feeding, eating behavior
Ormond A. MacDougald, PhD
John A. Faulkner Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Adipogenesis, obesity, metabolism
Peter Mancuso, PhD
Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Inflammation associated with obesity, innate immunity, host defense against infection
Laura R. McCabe, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University
Type 1 diabetes induced osteoporosis, osmoadaptation/osmotic stress, diabetes induced bone marrow changes/adiposity, gut-bone signaling, colitis, intestinal microbiome, barrier function
Marcia F. McInerney, PhD
Executive Administrative Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Distinguished University Professor, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, University of Toledo
Innate and adaptive immunity in diabetes, inflammation and cytokines in diabetes, mechanisms of cell movement into the pancreas, type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Ram Menon, MD
David Murray Cowie, MD, Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Growth hormone - IGF1 axis, pediatric endocrinology, clinical diabetes mellitus
Briana Mezuk, PhD
Adjunct Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Psychosocial, disparities, public health
Dawn P. Misra, PhD
Associate Chair for Research and Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University
Perinatal, epidemiology, fetal growth
Suzanne M. Moenter, PhD
Fred J. Karsch Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Internal Medicine and Research Professor of Reproductive Sciences Program, Medical School
Polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity, neuroendocrine control
Richard M. Mortensen, MD, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Professor of Int Med, Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School & Adj Professor of Molec, Cell & Dev Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Obesity, cardiovascular disease, immune function
Martin G. Myers, Jr., MD, PhD
Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research, Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Director of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC), Medical School
Leptin, hypothalamus, energy balance
David Olson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School
Obesity, hypothalamus, diabetes
Lawrence Karl Olson, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University
Beta cells, glucose toxicity, insulin gene transcription
Elif A. Oral, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Insulin resistance, obesity, lipid disorders, type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes, lipodystrophy, obesity, lipid metabolism, physiological roles of leptin, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
Robert W. O'Rourke, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Medical School
Obesity, adipose tissue, bariatric surgery
Edgar A. Otto, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Diabetic nephropathy, single cell RNAseq, ciliopathies
Vasantha Padmanabhan, MS, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Medical School and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance, developmental programming, metabolic dysfunctions, endocrine disruptors
Suresh S. Palaniyandi, PhD
Senior Staff Investigator, Henry Ford Health System and Assistant Professor of Physiology, Wayne State University
Diabetic cardiac complications, type-1 diabetes, type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyperglycemia, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, aldehyde dehydrogenases, 4-hydoxy-2-nonenal, stem cells
Narayanan Parameswaran, BVSc, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University
Inflammation, cell signaling, toll-like receptors, macrophages, metabolic diseases
Joshua J. Park, PhD
Professor of Neurosciences, University of Toledo
Diabetes-induced dementia
Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Environmental epidemiology, metabolic disease, gene-environment interaction
Subramaniam Pennathur, MD
Norman Radin Professor of Nephrology, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Oxidative stress, mass spectrometry, proteomics, systems biology, diabetic complications
Karen Peterson, DSc
Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Professor of Global Public Health, School of Public Health and Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development
Design and evaluation of population-based interventions, physical activity behaviors related to obesity and chronic disease in diverse populations
Gretchen A. Piatt, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School and Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
Community, support, self-management
Scott Pletcher, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School and Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology
Drosophila melanogaster, diet, obesity, aging
Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Associate Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic nephropathy, cardiovascular disease in diabetes, multicenter clinical trials
Donald G. Puro, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Diabetic retinopathy, pathological angiogenesis, retinal microvasculature
Ling Qi, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Endoplasmic reticulum, protein degradation, inflammation, adipocytes, obesity, diabetes
Nathan Qi, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School
Animal models, in vivo metabolism
Caroline R. Richardson, MD
Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine, Assistant Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine, Medical School
Diabetes prevention, physical activity health behavior change, internet mediated interventions
Diane M. Robins, PhD
Professor of Human Genetics, Medical School
Androgen receptor, liver gene regulation, sex-specific gene expression
Amy E. Rothberg, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Obesity, metabolic disorders
Melvyn Rubenfire, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Metabolic syndrome, preventive cardiology, lipid management
Liangyou Rui, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Diabetes, obesity, leptin and insulin signaling
Marschall Runge, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan Health Systems, Professor of Internal Medicine and Dean, Medical School
Cardiovascular complications, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, NADPH oxidase
Marianna Sadagurski, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences, Integrative Biosciences, Wayne State University
Obesity, inflammation, nutrition
Darleen Sandoval, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Brain-gut axis, GLP-1, glucose metabolism
Leslie S. Satin, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Pancreatic islets and islet beta cells, insulin secretion
Santiago Schnell, DPhil (oxon), FRSC
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School
Mathematical and computational modeling, proinsulin synthesis, endoplasmic reticulum stress
Randy J. Seeley, PhD
Henry King Ransom Professor of Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health
Neuroendocrinology, gut-brain type 2 diabetes
Yatrik M. Shah, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Hypoxia, steatosis, fibrosis
Lonnie Shea, PhD
William and Valerie Hall Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Medical School and Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Islet transplantation, autoimmune tolerance, regenerative medicine
Assia Shisheva, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Wayne State University
Mouse models of insulin resistance, insulin responsiveness in target cells and tissues, mouse models for metabolic syndrome
Kanakadurga Singer, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School
Pediatric obesity, hematopoiesis, inflammation and metabolism
Yolanda Smith, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School
Menopause, cognition, estrogen, polycystic ovary syndrome
Scott Soleimanpour, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Beta cell biology, endosomes/autophagy/mitophagy, islet transplantation
Elizabeth Speliotes, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School
Human genetics of obesity, NAFLD
Jena J. Steinle, PhD
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Wayne State University
Anatomy & cell biology, ophthalmology
Edward L. Stuenkel, PhD
Director of the Doctoral Program in Neurosciences and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Beta cell, insulin secretion, exocytosis
Meng H. Tan, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Dyslipidemias in diabetes, insulin resistance, thiazolidinediones
Inas Thomas, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School
Type 1 diabetes, clinical trial, insulin pump
Raymond C. Trievel, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry, Medical School and Associate Professor of Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Chromatin modification, transcriptional regulation, enzyme structure and function
Kristen J. Verhey, PhD
A. Kent Christensen Collegiate Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School and Professor of Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Cytoskeleton, cilia, membrane trafficking
Anne B. Vojtek, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry, Medical School
Signaling, cell growth, neural differentiation
Xuewei Wang, D Eng
Assistant Research Scientist, Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Subcutaneous/intravascular glucose sensor, insulin infusion cannula, nitric oxide release for improved implant biocompatibility
Lois S. Weisman, PhD
Sarah Winans Newman Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School
Diabetes, phosphatidylinositol 3,5 bis phosphate, endosomes
Stephen J. Weiss, MD
E. Gifford and Love Barnett Upjohn Professor of Internal Medicine and Oncology, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School and Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Adipocytes, adipose tissue, extracellular matrix
Deneen M. Wellik, PhD
Center Director, Center for Organogenesis, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School
Hox developmental genetics, urogenital development, pancreatic and gut development
Robert Wessells, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology, Wayne State University
Cardiac, exercise, drosophila
Margaret V. Westfall, PhD
Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medical School
Sarcomere, signaling, heart failure
Julia Wolfson, PhD, MPP
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
Obesity and diabetes prevention, food procurement and preparation practices, public health policy
James S. Wrobel, DPM, MS
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Diabetic foot, biomechanics, health services research
Jun Wu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Institute and Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School
Obesity, beige fat, brown fat
Bin Xu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Medical School
LncRNA coactivator, nuclear receptor, adipogenesis
Wen Ye, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Longitudinal data analysis, survival data analysis, diabetes disease model
Lei Yin, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Liver metabolism and metabolic diseases, NAFLD, circadian rhythm, lipid metabolism, protein ubiquitination
Zhengping Yi, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, mass spectrometry and proteomics, signal transduction, protein phosphorylation, protein-protein interactions
Kezhong Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University
Lipid metabolism, ER stress, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Peng Zhang, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Surgery, Medical School
Diabetes, imaging, big data, personalized medicine
Ren Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University
Diabetes, leptin, lipasin
Xiangmin Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor (Research) of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
Gene vectors, proteomics, diabetes