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DIABETES RESEARCH CENTERS

Irfan Lodhi PhD Irfan Lodhi PhD Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis

Irfan Lodhi received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he studied signaling pathways involved in insulin-stimulated glucose transport in adipocytes under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Saltiel. In 2007, he joined Dr.

TThe mission of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
John W Turk John W Turk MD PhD Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis
Dr. John W Turk is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research at Washington University in St. Louis, and Director of the Mass Spectrometry Resource Core. TThe mission of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
Kevin D Niswender MD PhD Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University
The Niswender lab is interested in the neuroendocrine regulation of feeding and pathogenesis of obesity and makes extensive use of the full translational spectrum of model systems ranging from cell culture and animal models to human investigation. The Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), is a NIH-sponsored Diabetes Center that facilitates the discovery, application, and translation of scientific knowledge to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
Klaus Kaestner PhD University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kaestner’s lab is employing modern genetic, genomic and epigenomic approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms of organogenesis and physiology of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. The Penn Diabetes Research Center participates in the nationwide inter-disciplinary program established over forty years ago by the NIDDK to foster research and training in the areas of diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Daniel S Ory MD Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis
Work in my laboratory focuses on identification and characterization of genes that function in the uptake, intracellular transport, and export of lipoprotein-derived cholesterol, and on gene programs that regulate cellular cholesterol balance. TThe mission of the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is to support and enhance research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
Stuart J Frank Stuart J Frank MD University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham
The focus of research in my laboratory is in understanding mechanisms of action of growth hormone (GH), an important metabolic and growth promoting hormone. The Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRC) focuses on developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes and its complications.
Carmella Evans-Molina Carmella Evans-Molina MD PhD Indiana University Indiana University
The goals of Dr. Evans-Molina’s research program are (1) to define the molecular and inflammatory etiologies of b cell dysfunction in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and (2) to identify novel stem cell based strategies to improve b cell survival in diabetes. The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD) at IU School of Medicine is a world-renowned center focused on centralizing and fostering research along five fundamental themes to strengthen the diabetes research base throughout Indiana.
Michael McManus PhD UCSF UCSF
The McManus lab studies fundamental processes relating to mammalian gene expression. We take high-throughput approaches, analyzing hundreds of thousands to millions of experiments at once, using complex libraries coupled to deep sequencing. The University of California San Francisco Diabetes Research Center (UCSF DRC) is one of only 16 research centers established by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to accelerate basic and clinical research into diabetes.
Mark O Goodarzi MD PhD UCSD-UCLA UCSD-UCLA

The laboratory of Mark O. Goodarzi, MD, PhD, seeks to identify genetic factors underlying conditions related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome, using a population genetic approach.

The overall mission of the UCSD-UCLA DRC is to foster research in theprevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, and to improve the lives of patients suffering from this devastating disease.
Matthew Krummel Matthew Krummel, PhD UCSF UCSF

Our work focusses on understanding patterns of immune cell-cell interactions and how these generate “the immune system”.

The University of California San Francisco Diabetes Research Center (UCSF DRC) is one of only 16 research centers established by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to accelerate basic and clinical research into diabetes.
Joshua D Rabinowitz MD PhD University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
Our lab aims to achieve a quantitative, comprehensive understanding of cellular metabolism. The Penn Diabetes Research Center participates in the nationwide inter-disciplinary program established over forty years ago by the NIDDK to foster research and training in the areas of diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Alan R Saltiel Alan R Saltiel PhD UCSD-UCLA UCSD-UCLA
Dr. Alan Saltiel investigates the hormone insulin and its role in regulating cellular sugar levels, including how cells send and receive signals. Understanding these processes may shed light on dysfunctioning glucose and lipid metabolism, particularly as it related to Type 2 diabetes. The overall mission of the UCSD-UCLA DRC is to foster research in theprevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, and to improve the lives of patients suffering from this devastating disease.
Amy Wagers Amy Wagers PhD Joslin Diabetes Center Joslin Diabetes Center
Work in Amy Wagers' laboratory focuses on defining how changes in stem cell activity impact tissue regeneration throughout life and identifying the physiological and pathological signals that modulate stem cell function in an age-dependent manner. Since its inception in 1898, the primary mission of the Joslin Diabetes Center has been to care for people with diabetes, and conduct research to provide new knowledge about diabetes and its complications that will lead to new treatments, prevention and/or cure of these disorders.
Darleen Sandoval Darleen Sandoval PhD University of Michigan University of Michigan
Dr. Sandoval's current work utilizes basic research strategies that use a combination of molecular and physiological techniques with the goal of generating better therapeutic options for obesity and type 2 diabetes. The goal of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is to establish, promote, and enhance multidisciplinary and collaborative basic biomedical and clinical research among member investigators studying diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Peter Stock Peter Stock MD PhD UCSF UCSF
Peter Stock is Professor of Surgery and heads up the solid organ pancreas transplant program as well as pancreatic islet cell program. The University of California San Francisco Diabetes Research Center (UCSF DRC) is one of only 16 research centers established by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to accelerate basic and clinical research into diabetes.
Rebecca Hull-Meichle Rebecca Hull-Meichle PhD University of Washington University of Washington
My research focuses on cellular mechanisms underlying islet secretory dysfunction and loss of beta-cell mass in diabetes. The University of Washington (UW) Diabetes Research Center (DRC) at the University of Washington is one of 16 Diabetes Research Centers sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to promote basic, translational, and clinical research on diabetes and related metabolic disorders.

Diabetes Centers Overview

Diabetes Centers

NIDDK Diabetes Centers

The NIDDK-supported Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs) are part of an integrated program of diabetes and related endocrinology and metabolism research. NIDDK’s Diabetes Centers program supports extramural research institutions that have established an existing base of high-quality, diabetes-related research. Centers provide increased, cost effective collaboration among multidisciplinary groups of investigators at institutions with an established, comprehensive research base in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism. DRCs are intended to improve the quality and multidisciplinary nature of research on diabetes by providing shared access to specialized technical resources and expertise. DRCs are intended to facilitate progress in research with the goal of developing new methods to treat, prevent and ultimately cure diabetes mellitus and its complications.

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