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Current Research Award Recipients

Three five-year Research Scholar Awards were given to tenure track faculty who show outstanding promise in the field of diabetes/obesity research.  Additionally, the FOE DRC Pilot Project Program awards $50,000 annually to young investigators who propose to establish a research career in diabetes/obesity, to senior investigators in another field who want to explore a project related to diabetes/obesity, or to an established diabetes/obesity investigator who proposes to pursue an entirely new approach.  Recipients are chosen based on a competitive evaluation of proposals submitted by the applicants. 

Research Scholar Recipients

Christopher Adams, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Project Title: To investigate how conditions such as diabetes alter muscle gene expression and how these changes in gene expression cause muscle astrophy.

Andrew Norris, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Project Title: To identify early points of intervention that will serve to reduce a person's lifetime risk of diabetes.
Kamal Rahmouni, PhD 
Associate Professor
Project Title: To provide new insights into why certain individuals develop diabetes or its complications.

Current Pilot Project Program Recipients

Catalyst Awards

Deniz Atasoy, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Project Title: Identifying the defective feeding pathways in hypoglycemia unawareness

Huxing Cui, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Project Title: Fine-mapping of pancreatic vagal circuit for systemic glucose homeostasis: the role of melanocortin signaling
Seed Grant Recipients

M. Nedim N. Ince, MD 
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology 
Project Title: Single Cell Analysis of Adipose Tissue Regulatory T Cells

William I. Sivitz, MD 
Emeritus Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism 
Project Title: 13C labelled isotopomer analysis for assessment of flux through oxaloacetate
Ajit Vikram, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine 
Project Title: Early-life dysbiosis reprograms metabolic disorders through circulating microRNA-122