Year Investigator Title Present Position
2019 Ebony Boyce Carter Diabetes phenotypes in pregnancy Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
2019 Jing Hughes, MD, PhD Primary cilia regulation of beta cell function Assistant Professor, Metabolism & Lipid Research
2019 Alexxai V. Kravitx, PhD An inflammatory mechanism underlying persistent obesity Associate Professor, Psychiatry
2019 Kartik Mani, MBBS Targeting protein aggregation in cardiac myocytes – A novel strategy in diabetic cardiomyopathy Assistant Professor, Cardiology
2019 Nathan O. Stitzel, MD, PhD Characterizing the metabolic effects of a novel coronary artery disease gene Associate Professor, Cardiology
2019 Parker C. Wilson, MD, PhD Chromatin Conformation and Transcriptional Regulation in Diabetic Nephropathy Instructor, Pathology and Immunology
2018 Scott Charles Beeman, PhD Quantifying the primary drivers of the hypoxia-driven insulin resistance mechanism Assistant Professor, Radiology
2018 Jennifer Powers, PhD Alternate biomarkers for management of diabetes during pregnancy Assistant Professor, Metabolism & Lipid Research
2018 Stephen Stone, MD Modeling FGF21 signaling defects in insulin mediated pseudoacromegaly Instructor, Pediatrics – Endocrinology
2018 Hani Suleiman, MD, PhD Role of glomerular basement membrane composition and architecture in diabetic nephropathy Instructor, Nephrology
2018 Michael D.Thompson, MD, PhD Targeting Bile Acid Homeostasis In Offspring Exposed To Maternal Obesity Instructor, Pediatrics – Endocrinology
2017 Amy L. Clark, DO Defining the role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in the development of autoimmune diabetes Instructor, Pediatrics – Endocrinology
2017 Sarah Ann Eisenstein, PhD Neuroinflammation in obesity Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
2017 Ali Javaheri, MD, PhD Targeting cardiomyocyte lysosomal lipolysis to alleviate cardiac complications of diabetes Research Fellow, Cardiology
2016 Brian DeBosch MD, PhD Mechanisms of trehalose action in modulating hepatic and extrahepatic metabolism Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
2016 Subhadra Gunawardana, PhD Insulin-independent reversal of diabetes with BAT transplants: role of IGF-1 Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology
2016 Lydia-Ann Harris, PhD A role for FGF21 in the weight loss-independent metabolic effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass Instructor, Nutritional Sciences
2016 Heather Lawson, PhD Molecular and functional characterization of brown adipose tissue expansion in high fat-fed SM/J mice Assistant Professor, Genetics
2016 Rithwick Rajagopal, MD, PhD Fenofibrate mitigates diabetic retinopathy through peroxisome proliferator-activator receptor-alpha Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
2016 Rachel Tabak, PhD Objective physical activity in a worksite intervention to reduce obesity and diabetes Assistant Professor, Prevention Research Center
2015 Jeffrey R. Millman, PhD Improved differentiation of human stem cells to beta cells with oxygen control Assistant Professor,
Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research
2015 Babak Razani, MD, PhD Use of a novel sugar to treat obesity and diabetes Assistant Professor, Cardiology
2015 Dmitri Samovski, PhD Regulation of insulin and AMPK signaling by saturated fatty acids Instructor, Nutritional Sciences
2015 Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD N-Acetyl-Cysteine for healing of amputation stumps in the setting of diabetes Assistant Professor, Surgery

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University of Kentucky Current DRC Pilot and Feasibility Projects

Year Investigator Title Present Position
2018 Julie S. Pendergast, PhD How the liver tells time on high-fat diet: pathway to obesity Assistant Professor, Biology
2018 Preetha Shridas, PhD Serum amyloid A- a novel mediator of adipose-tissue inflammation and insulin resistance Assistant Professor, Endocrinology
2017 Ana Bastos de Carvalho, MD Optimizing implementation of diabetic retinopathy telescreening: a pilot study Instructor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
2016 Brian Finlin, PhD Regulation of pancreatic beta cell mass by adipose lipoprotein lipase Assistant Professor, Endocrinology, University of Kentucky

University of Utah Current DRC Pilot and Feasibility Projects

Year Investigator Title Present Position
2018 Katsuhiko Funai,PhD Phospholipid origin of NASH Assistant Professor, Molecular Medicine & Physical Therapy
2018 Santhosh Karanth, MS, PhD A small molecule screen to discover inhibitors of Hepatic FOXN3 activity Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
2017 Bhagirath Chaurasia, PhD, MSc Role of Fgf13 and Bmp3 in regulating adipose tissue browning/beiging Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
2017 Yu Kuei Lin, MD Amitriptyline in improving hypoglycemia recognition and course Assistant Professor, Endocrinology
2016 Sihem Boudina, PhD Hyperinsulinemia suppresses cardiac autophagy through activation of IGF-1 receptor signaling Assistant Professor, Nutrition, University of Utah

University of Wisconsin Current DRC Pilot and Feasibility Projects

Year Investigator Title Present Position
2018 Chi-Liang Eric Yen, PhD Intestinal lipid metabolism, gut microbiome, and pancreatic islets Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
2018 Martin Zanni, PhD Developing a transgenic mouse model for amyloid oligomers thought responsible  for beta-cell toxicity Professor, Chemistry
2017 Barak Blum, PhD Robo receptors control the organization and function of the islets of Langerhans Assistant Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology
2017 Dudley W. Lamming, PhD Role of Fgf13 and Bmp3 in regulating adipose tissue browning/beiging Assistant Professor, Medicine and Public Health