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Basic Science

Gail Bishop, PhD
Professor of Microbiology & Internal Medicine

Research Interests: Role of inflammation & immune cells; interaction with microbiome
Ryan Boudreau, PhD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Research Interests: Post-transcriptional gene regulation and novel genes in diabetes and obesity
Mark Chapleau, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine & Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms in obesity hypertension
Huxing Cui, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests: Brain control of appetite, metabolism and cardiovascular function
Brandon Davies, PhD Brandon Davies, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Research Interests: Regulation of Vascular Triglcyeride Metabolism
Chad Grueter, PhD Chad Grueter, PhD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Research Interests: Cardiac transcriptional regulation of metabolism
A. Kim Johnson, PhD Alan Kim Johnson, PhD
F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Physiological & Brain Sciences

Research Interests: Salt Craving; Obesity-Induced Sensitization of the Hypertensive Response
Aloysius Klingelhutz , PhD
Professor of Microbiology & Radiation Oncology

Research Interests: Environmental/bacterial toxins in adipose dysfunction and diabetes
Vitor Lira, PhD Vitor Lira, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Physiology

Research Interests: Skeletal and cardiac muscle function and metabolism
Allyn Mark, MD Allyn Mark, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Research Interests: Neural and humoral mechanisms of obesity-induced hypertension
Mohamad Mokadem, MD Mohamad Mokadem, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Research Interests: Understanding the regulatory mechanism of gastric bypass on energy and glucose metabolism
Andrew Norris, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes & Biochemistry

Research Interests: Developmental aspects of insulin resistance
Matthew Potthoff, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests: Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism and Energy Homeostasis
Kamal Rahmouni, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology & Internal Medicine

Research Interests: Neural Control of Metabolism in Health and Disease
Robert Roghair, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests: Neonatal Origins of Obesity
Thomas Rutkowski, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Research Interests: Relationship between ER stress, obesity, and liver disease
Isaac Samuel, MD Isaac Samuel, MD, FRCS, FACS
Professor of Surgery - Gastrointestinal, Minimally invasive and Bariatric Surgery

Research Interests: Benefits of weight reduction and metabolic surgery
Patrick Schlievert, PhD
Professor & DEO of Mircobiology, Professor of Internal Medicine

Research Interests: Bacterial Causes of Diabetes Mellitus II
Julien Sebag, PhD Julien Sebag, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests: Regulation of energy homeostasis by GPCR accessory proteins
Val Sheffield, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics & Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Research Interests: Intracellular Transport and Cilia function in obesity, hypertension and diabetes
William Sivitz, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism

Research Interests: Mitochondrial function, Oxidative Stress, and Nutrition
Douglas Spitz, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Research Interests: Ketogenic diets in cancer therapy
Stefan Strack, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology & Pathology

Research Interests: Neurological comorbidities of diabetes
Eric Taylor, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Research Interests: To discover molecular mechanisms to modulate mitochondrial metabolism to treat human disease
Ling Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Research Interests: Organelle stress response in Obesity
Mark Yorek, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism

Research Interests: Effect of obesity on vascular and neural complications
Liping Yu, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry

Research Interests: Mitochondrial function and metabolism
Leonid Zingman, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Research Interests: Skeletal muscle KATP channels determine bodily energy balance