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Cierra Boyer

Address: 3400 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-4843
Email: cierra-boyer@uiowa.edu

Mentor: Samuel Stephens, PhD

Undergraduate Institution: Briar Cliff University

Graduate Program: Pharmacology

Year Entered Into Program: 2019

Research Description

My current research interest focuses on understanding how changes in insulin granule trafficking contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Tremendous work has shown that loss of β-cell function occurs in Type 2 diabetes however, the cellular mechanisms driving defects in insulin granule formation and trafficking remain relatively unexplored. Using a genetically encoded biosensor, high-resolution state of art imaging techniques and a novel in situ fluorescent pulse-chase labeling strategy we developed, I am exploring these mechanisms.