Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Our lab focuses on the study of Diabetes, with on-going research in many areas. We are interested in identifying the ways in which nutrients, drugs and biologics affect insulin sensitivity and the way that they lead to Type II Diabetes. We are evaluating these affects through clincal research, utilizing animal models of diabetes and insulin sensitivity, and through studying the underlying cellular pathways of energy metabolism. Additionally, we are interested in studying how new B-cells can be generated ex vivo for the treatment of both Type I and II Diabetes. We are utilizing novel techniques to prospectively isolate and differentiate adult pancreatic stem/progenitor cells into multiple pancreatic lineages.