Diabetes Interdisciplinary Study Program (DISP) Awardees


  • Jason S. Knight, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, University of Michigan, and Subramaniam Pennathur, MD, Norman Radin Professor of Nephrology, Professor, Internal Medicine and Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan, “Role of neutrophil extracellular traps in diabetic cardiovascular disease”
  • Bethany B. Moore, PhD , Galen B. Toews MD Collegiate Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, and Director, Doctoral Program in Immunology, University of Michigan, and Katherine A. Gallagher, MD, John R. Pfeifer Collegiate Professor of Vascular Surgery, Associate Professor, Surgery, “Prostaglandin E2 synthesis alters macrophage function to promote inflammation and impair diabetic wound healing”
  • Mehboob Hussain, MD , Professor, Internal Medicine-Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes, University of Michigan; Sunitha Nagrath, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan; and Deepak Nagrath, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, “In vivo ß-cell specific exosome identification and characterization in diabetes mellitus”
  • Briana Mezuk, PhD , Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Edith Kieffer, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; and William Thornton, MBA, Association Director of Community Wellness, YMCA of Greater Richmond, “Strengthening a community-engaged partnership to address disparities in diabetes care”


  • Robert O’Rourke, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery, and Lonnie Shea, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, “Engineered adipose tissue-bioscaffolds as a therapeutic tool for type 2 diabetes”.
  • Amy Rothberg, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, and Andrew Schrepf, PhD, Research Investigator, Anesthesiology, “The impact of calorie restriction and weight loss on inflammation and centralized pain in individuals at risk for diabetes”.


  • Jennifer Harder, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Cristina Cebrian-Ligero, PhD, Clinical Lecturer, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, and Edgar Otto, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine-Nephrology “Modeling diabetic kidney disease using kidney organoids generated from human iPSC”.
  • Jiandie Lin, PhD, Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, Life Sciences Institute, Katsuo Kurabayashi, PhD, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and Jun Li, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Genetics, “Elucidating the landscape of liver cell heterogeneity in normal and insulin resistant states by single cell RNA sequencing”.
  • Wen Ye, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Biostatistics and Lynda Lisabeth, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology, “Development and validation of a stroke simulation model for evaluating stroke prevention and treatment policies in type 2 diabetes patients”. Jointly funded by the MDRC and the MCDTR.


  • Tae-Hwa Chun, MD, Internal Medicine-Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, University of Michigan and Shuichi Takayama, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, “Developing human adipose tissue on-a-chip (Fat Chip)”.


  • Jun Hee Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Uhn-Soo Cho, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biologic Chemistry, “Biochemical basis for Sestrin2 in metabolism”. Jointly funded by the MDRC and the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC).
  • Brian Callaghan, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology and Justin Dimick, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Surgery, “The association between the metabolic syndrome and neurologic outcomes in a bariatric surgery population”.


  • Steven R Buchman, MD, M Haskell Newman Collegiate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Karl J Jepsen, PhD, Glacy Family Scholar, Professor, Associate Chair for Research, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Ernestina Schipani, MD, PhD, Professor, Endocrinology, “Remediating diabetes-impaired bone fracture with Deferoxamine”. Jointly funded by the MDRC and the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC).
  • Blake Roessler, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology, Crystal Holmes, D.P.M., Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes, and Bin Nan, PhD., Professor, Biostatistics, “Point-of-care bone composition measurements for early-stage detection of osteomyelitis in the diabetic foot”. Jointly funded by the MDRC and the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC).


  • Harold Neighbors, PhD, Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, and Gretchen Piatt, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Medical Education (DISP), “Oral Health Buddy: A behavioral intervention targeting racial disparities in diabetes and periodontal disease using text-messaging and caregiving”. Jointly funded by the MDRC and the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC).


  • Steven K. Lundy, PhD , Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, and Massimo T Pietropaolo, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, and Microbiology and Immunology, “Targeting killer and regulatory B lymphocyte function in IDDM”
  • Joshua D Stein, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and David W. Hutton, PhD, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health and Assistant Professor of Industrial Operations, College of Engineering, “Assessing the cost effectiveness of different interventions for clinically significant diabetes macular edema”


  • Steve Lentz, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of MEND and Roni M Shtein, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, “In vivo corneal confocal microscopy for non-invasive assessment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy”
  • Amy Rothberg, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of MEND and Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD, Phil F. Jenkins Research Professor of Depression, Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Research Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, “Neurohormonal & behavioral correlates of obesity”


  • Eva L Feldman, MD, PhD, DeJong Professor of Neurology and Matthias Kretzler, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, and Hosagrahar V. Jagadish, PhD, Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, “Biomarkers of diabetic microvascular complications: A bioinformatics approach to human samples”
  • Catherine Kim MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Caroline Richardson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, “Pedometers in gestational diabetes”
  • Meng Hee Tan, MD, Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine, and David Hanauer, MD, MS, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, “Creating a diabetes research registry to enhance recruitment of patients in clinical trials and studies at University of Michigan”


  • Elif Oral, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and John D. Birkmeyer, MD, Professor, General Surgery, “Effect of dietary macrocomposition on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in bariatric surgery candidates”. Jointly funded by the MDRC, the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC) and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR).


  • Annette Chang, MD, Internal Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes and Michael Kilbourn, PhD, Radiology, “Evaluation of human pancreatic B-cell mass with [11C] dihydrotetrabenazine (DTBZ) Radioligand”


  • Martin G Myers, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, and Robert Thompson, PhD, Psychiatry, were awarded the MCDC/MDRC DISP award for, “Genomic analysis of novel leptin-regulated neural metabolic pathways.”