Academics & Research

Diabetes & Metabolism Research Center Faculty

Metabolism Interest Group

Faculty

Markus Amann, PhD, MS

Dr. Amann is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Theodore H. Stanley Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology, and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on the neural control of the circulation and breathing, and the etiology of central nervous system fatigue. Dr. Amann’s wor... Read More

Research Interests: Autonomic Dysfunction, Cardiovascular Physiology, Fatigue, Neurosciences

Email: markus.amann@utah.edu

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Ademuyiwa S. Aromolaran, FAHA, FHRS, PhD

Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Email: U6036606@utah.edu

Donald E. Ayer, PhD

Donald Ayer, PhD, is an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and a professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah (U of U). He is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. Ayer is a leader in the area of gene regulation and its role in normal and cancer cell growth. Hi... Read More

Research Interests: Cancer Metabolism, Glutaminolysis, Glycolysis, MondoA, Myc, Nutrient Sensing, Thioredoxin Interacting Protein, Transcription

Email: don.ayer@hci.utah.edu

Lab: Lab Website

You Han Bae, PhD

You Han Bae, PhD, is a distinguished professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. He is an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program. Dr. Bae’s research interests inc... Read More

Research Interests: Polymeric systems for rechargeable cell delivery, Protein drug stabilization and controlled release, Self-assembled super intelligent nanoparticulates for sensitive and resistant tumor targeting

Email: you.bae@utah.edu

Maria Bettini, PhD

Dr. Maria Bettini’s work has focused on understanding immunotolerance pathways and their dysregulation in autoimmunity. Dr. Bettini utilizes cutting edge genetic approaches to create systems that advance our knowledge of tissue targeted autoimmunity. Her work has uncovered several pathways that are important in suppression of autoimmune respo... Read More

Email: Maria.Bettini@path.utah.edu

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Matthew L. Bettini, PhD

Dr. Matt Bettini’s work has focused on understanding neonatal tolerance to organ specific antigens and extended-self (microbiota). The mechanisms by which tolerance is established early in life is still unclear. His work seeks to understand how various antigen presenting cells found within the thymus can strengthen central tolerance... Read More

Research Interests: Autoimmunity, Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) Signaling in Function and Persistence, T Cell Development, Tolerance to Microbiota

Email: Matt.Bettini@path.utah.edu

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Sihem Boudina, PhD

Sihem Boudina, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the College of Health and an investigator at the Molecular Medicine Program at the University of Utah. Dr. Boudina's research is focused at understanding the pathogenesis of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Particularly, her lab ha... Read More

Email: sboudina@u2m2.utah.edu

Lisa A. Cannon-Albright, PhD

Chief, Genetic Epidemiology

Dr. Lisa Cannon-Albright is Professor and Division Chief of the Division of Genetic Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences program. As a Genetic Epidemiologist her research interests include ... Read More

Research Interests: Disease Predisposition Genes, Population-Based Studies

Email: lisa.albright@utah.edu

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Owen Chan, PhD

Email: owen.chan@hsc.utah.edu

Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Dr. Dipayan Chaudhuri earned his medical and graduate degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and subsequently a clinical fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Concurrently with his clinical fe... Read More

Specialties: Cardiology, Cardioversion, General Cardiology

Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Email: dipayan.chaudhuri@hsc.utah.edu

Mingnan Chen, PhD

Mingnan Chen, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Utah and a member of the Utah Nano Institute. He is also a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Chen is interested in understanding the interplays between peptide materials and the hos... Read More

Research Interests: Autoimmune Diseases, Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Immune-Tolerant Biomaterials, Metastasis, Vaccines

Email: mingnan.chen@utah.edu

Alfred K. Cheung, MD

Chief, Division of Nephrology, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine

Alfred K. Cheung, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of Division of Nephrology & Hypertension and Executive Director of the Dialysis Program at the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics. As a nephrologist, he manages a variety of kidney diseases, with particular interests in chronic kidney disease, hypertension and chronic dialysis. H... Read More

Specialties: Dialysis, Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: University of California - San Diego

Fellowship: University of California - San Diego

Residency: Loma Linda University

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Email: alfred.cheung@hsc.utah.edu

Monique E. Cho, MD

Moniqué E. Cho, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension. Dr. Cho received her B.A.degree in Psychology from Cornell University, NY and M.D. degree from Dartmouth Medical School, NH. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at the University of Rochester i... Read More

Specialties: Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center

Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Email: Monique.Cho@hsc.utah.edu

Clement Y. Chow, PhD

Research Interests: Drosophila, ER Stress, Genetic Modifiers, Genetic Variation, Human and Mouse Genetics, Rare Diseases

Email: u6003015@utah.edu

James E. Cox, PhD

Email: james.cox@cores.utah.edu

Willard H. Dere, MD, FACP

Dr. Dere has extensive experience in clinical research during his 25 year stint in the biopharmaceutical industry.  The experience was complemented by substantive regulatory and drug safety experience during that time. At the University of Utah, Dr. Dere serves as the Executive Director of the Program in Personalized Health and Co-Di... Read More

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of California, Davis

Email: willard.dere@hsc.utah.edu

Anthony J. Donato, PhD, MS

My primary research focus is vascular aging, in particular the cellular, molecular and tissue specific events that induce reductions in muscle blood flow during exercise, impair arterial endothelial function and stiffen large elastic arteries in older rodents/adults. These vascular phenotypes contribute to the age related decline in functional capa... Read More

Email: tony.donato@hsc.utah.edu

Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Stavros George Drakos is a Professor of Cardiology and Physiology at the Univ. of Utah Healthcare & School of Medicine and the Salt Lake VA Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of our institution's historic Cardiac Mechanical Support/Artificial Heart Program, Co-Director Heart Failure & Transplant and Direc... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Cardioversion, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Fellowship: University of Utah/ Eccles Institute of Human Genetics

Fellowship: Harefield Heart Sciences Center/Imperial College London & University of Athens, Greece

Fellowship: UTAH Cardiac Transplant Program - University of Utah Health; Intermountain Health; SLC VA Health

Residency: University of Athens

Medical School: University of Athens

Email: stavros.drakos@u2m2.utah.edu

Micah J. Drummond, PhD

Email: micah.drummond@hsc.utah.edu

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Gregory S. Ducker, PhD

Research Interests: Antimetabolites, Cancer Metabolism, Chemical Biology, Mass Spectrometry, Mitochondria, Tetrahydrofolates

Email: greg.ducker@biochem.utah.edu

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Brian D. Evavold, PhD

Chief, Division of Microbiology and Immunology

Specialties: Pathology

Email: u6010849@utah.edu

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Keke C. Fairfax, PhD

Fellowship: Trudeau Institute

Email: keke.fairfax@path.utah.edu

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Raphael Franzini, PhD

  Addressing the current challenges faced by clinicians will require an interdisciplinary approach combining knowledge of diverse fields. My research group focuses on the interfaces of Chemistry, Biology and Medicine with the aim of developing novel types of therapeutic agents, imaging probes and diagnostic assays. Standard experimental techn... Read More

Email: raphael.franzini@utah.edu

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Katsuhiko Funai, MS, PhD

Email: kfunai@health.utah.edu

Lorise C. Gahring, PhD

Dr. Gahring joined the faculty team of the Division of Geriatrics in 1993 and also holds an adjunct professorship in the Pathology Department, specializing in microbiology and immunology.She is interested in how inflammation affects diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy or just normal aging. Her lab studies severa... Read More

Email: Lorise.Gahring@hsc.utah.edu

David William Grainger, PhD

Chair, Department of Bioengineering

Email: David.Grainger@utah.edu

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Christopher T. Gregg, PhD

RESEARCH OVERVIEW A major goal of our research is to uncover novel genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in the brain that regulate motivated behaviors. Alterations to motivated behaviors occur in a wide range of disorders, including anxiety disorders, major depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders. M... Read More

Research Interests: Brain Diseases, Computational Biology, Epigenetics, Evolution, Genome Engineering, Genomic and Personalized Medicine, Human and Mouse Genetics, Molecular Biology, Motivated Behaviors, Neuronal Circuitry, Neurosciences

Email: chris.gregg@neuro.utah.edu

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Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, holds the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Presidential Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah departments of Neurobiology, Anatomy, and Pediatrics. Dr. Hartnett is the founder and director of ... Read More

Specialties: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Pediatric, Pediatric Retina, Retinal Diseases

Fellowship: Schepens Retina Associates, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

Fellowship: Schepens Retina Associates

Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Schepens Retina Associates

Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland, VA Medical Center

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Email: ME.Hartnett@hsc.utah.edu

Keren I. Hilgendorf, PhD

Keren Hilgendorf, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. She is also a member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Hilgendorf received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of T... Read More

Email: keren.hilgendorf@biochem.utah.edu

Christopher P. Hill, DPhil

Christopher Hill, D.Phil., Vice Dean of Research for the School of Medicine, he is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. holds the H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society Chair, and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. He served&nbs... Read More

Research Interests: ESCRT Pathway, HIV Structure and Host Interactions, Nucleosome Remodeling and Reorganization, Proteasome Activation and Regulation, Protein Quality Control, Structural Biology

Email: chris@biochem.utah.edu

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William L. Holland, PhD

Email: will.holland@hsc.utah.edu

TingTing Hong, MD, PhD

TingTing Hong, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy, University of Utah. Dr. Hong received her MD and clinical training from the Peking University, and her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan. After completing her postdoctoral training in the Cardiovascular Research Institute... Read More

Email: tingting.hong@pharm.utah.edu

Yufeng Huang, MD, PhD

Yufeng Huang, MD, Ph.D, is a research associate professor in the department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. As a basic and translational researcher, her research interests include roles of TGFß, PAI-1 and the renin, angiotensin and aldosterone system in promoting renal fibrosis in kidney disease.Hua... Read More

Research Interests: Antifibrotic PAI-1, Diabetic Nephropathy, Non-Viral Gene Delivery, Renal Fibrosis, Renin-Angiotensin System

Fellowship: Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University

Residency: Zhenjiang Medical College Hospital, Jiangsu University

Medical School: Zhenjiang Medical College, Jiangsu University

Email: yufeng.huang@hsc.utah.edu

Adam Hughes, PhD

Dr. Hughes received his PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2008 and conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Fred Hutch. Dr, Hughes is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. Research in the Hughes lab is focused on understanding how nutrient stress contributes to the breakd... Read More

Research Interests: Aging, Cancer, Cell Biology, Lysosomes, Metabolism, Mitochondria, Nutrient Sensing, Protein Quality Control

Email: hughes@biochem.utah.edu

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Bryan W. Jones, PhD

I am a retinal neuroscientist. My scientific work involves understanding the topology of neural circuitry, and what the evolution of neural circuitry can teach us about information processing. Understanding how we perceive the world through neural circuits involved in vision is compelling enough.  But understanding how those circuits are ... Read More

Email: bryan.jones@m.cc.utah.edu

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Gabrielle Kardon, PhD

Email: gkardon@genetics.utah.edu

David Krizaj, PhD

Research Interests: Astrocytes, Calcium Channel Blockers, Cellular mechanisms of neurotoxicity and the role calcium plays in neuropathological disorders, Diabetic Retinopathy, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Glaucoma, Mechanisms of Calcium Homeostasis, Neuron-Glia Interaction, Retina, Retinal Degeneration and Cell Biology, Synaptic Transmission, TRPV1, Vision

Email: david.krizaj@hsc.utah.edu

Elizabeth A. Leibold, PhD

Elizabeth A. Leibold, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She holds an adjunct appointment as a Professor of Oncological Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differ... Read More

Email: betty.leibold@genetics.utah.edu

Lisa A. Lesniewski, MA, PhD

Dr. Lesniewski is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. She is a GRECC investigator and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Translational Vascular Physiology Lab.   ... Read More

Email: lisa.lesniewski@utah.edu

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Daniel T. Leung, MD, MSc

Dr. Daniel Leung is a tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He received his M.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard ... Read More

Specialties: Infectious Diseases, Travel and Geographic Medicine

Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Residency: University of Washington Hospitals

Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Email: Daniel.Leung@utah.edu

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Giavonni Lewis, MD, FACS

Dr. Giavonni Lewis is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics. She received her general surgery training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Her specialties include acute burn care, burn surgery and reconstruction. Additionally, she has formal training in surgical critical care with an emphas... Read More

Specialties: Burn Care, Burn Surgery, Critical Care, Frostbite, Telemedicine

Fellowship: Washington Hospital Center

Fellowship: Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington Burn Center

Residency: Loyola University Medical Center

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Email: u0847636@utah.edu

Janet E. Lindsley, PhD

Email: janet@biochem.utah.edu

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Nicola Longo, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Medical Genetics

Nicola Longo MD PhD is a professor of Pediatrics, adjunct professor of Pathology, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Longo earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Parma School of Medicine in Italy. He received residency and fellow... Read More

Research Interests: Inherited Insulin-Resistant Syndromes, Molecular Basis of Carnitine Deficiency, Molecular Genetics of Inherited Insulin-Resistant Syndromes, Therapy of Metabolic Disorders

Specialties: Medical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics

Fellowship: Emory University Affiliated Hospital

Residency: Emory University Affiliated Hospital

Fellowship: Emory University Affiliated Hospital

Medical School: University of Parma

Email: nicola.longo@hsc.utah.edu

Gabor Marth, DSc

Dr. Marth is Professor of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the Utah Center for Genetic Discovery at University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis of DNA sequence variations. Dr. Marth and his group played a key role in the development of methods and software that support the use of high-throu... Read More

Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine

Email: u0950806@utah.edu

Lab: Lab Website

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Shelley D. Minteer

Dr. Shelley Minteer is a USTAR Professor in both the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Iowa in 2000 under the direction of Professor Johna Leddy. After receiving her PhD, she spent 11 years as a faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University before moving to the University of Utah in 2011...

Email:  minteer@chem.utah.edu

Phone:  801-587-8325

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Lewis Charles Murtaugh, PhD

Charles Murtaugh, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. He is a member of the pancreas cancer research group, an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program.Although the pancreas is a relatively small organ, its diseases, including type ... Read More

Email: Murtaugh@genetics.utah.edu

Ryan O'Connell, PhD

Associate Chief, Division of Microbiology and Immunology

I am currently a Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Pathology. My postdoctoral studies were performed in David Baltimore’s laboratory at the California Institute of Technology where I began working in the area of microRNAs following my graduate training in Immunology at UCLA (mentored by Genhong Cheng). My research has s... Read More

Research Interests: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Autoimmune Diseases, Cellular Immunology, Macrophage Functions, Immunology, Inflammation, Metabolism, RNA, Small Interfering, Secretory Vesicles, T Cell Biology, Tumor Microenvironment

Email: ryan.oconnell@path.utah.edu

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Randall T. Peterson, PhD

Dean, College of Pharmacy

Email: randall.peterson@pharm.utah.edu

Marcus G. Pezzolesi, PhD, MPH

Dr. Marcus Pezzolesi is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the University of Utah’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and its Diabetes and Metabolism Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics.  After attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, he completed his Ph.D. trai... Read More

Fellowship: Genomic Medicine Institute, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Email: marcus.pezzolesi@hsc.utah.edu

John D. Phillips, PhD

Interim Research Division Chief of Hematology/BMT

John D. Phillips, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Phillips is also Director of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (HSC) Core Research Fa... Read More

Email: John.Phillips@hsc.utah.edu

Aaron Quinlan, PhD

Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Boston College where he focused on population genetics, new methods for emerging DNA sequencing technologi... Read More

Research Interests: Algorithm and Genomics Software Development, Application of Genomics to Clinical Care, Cancer Genetics, Chromosome Stability and Somatic Genome Evolution, Genetics of Complex Disease, Human Genome Interpretation, Nucleotide Repeat Disorders, Population Genomics

Email: aaron.quinlan@utah.edu

Nirupama Ramkumar, MD, MPH

Dr.Ramkumar is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Bangalore University, India and obtained her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Utah. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSF-Fresno and Nephrology fellowship training at Univers... Read More

Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental, Hypertension, Ion Transport, Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

Specialties: Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: UCSF-Fresno

Medical School: Bangalore University

Email: nirupama.ramkumar@hsc.utah.edu

Candace M. Reno, PhD

I conduct basic science research studies to understand how low blood sugar due to the treatment of diabetes can lead to cardiac arrhythmias with the goal to find treatments to prevent these devasting complications. This research is important to better the lives of those affected by diabetes that are at risk for hypoglycemia.... Read More

Email: creno@u2m2.utah.edu

Russell Richardson, PhD

Dr. Richardson joined the University of Utah in 2007 with joint appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine - Division of Geriatrics, and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He became a tenured professor in each department in 2010. Dr. Richardson directs the Utah Vascular Research Laboratory (UVRL) located at the Salt Lake VA Medi... Read More

Fellowship: University of California San Diego

Email: r.richardson@hsc.utah.edu

Aylin R. Rodan, MD, PhD, FASN

Dr. Rodan received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Yale University. She then completed M.D./Ph.D. training in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California San Francisco, followed by Internal Medicine residency at UCSF. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship and nephrology subspecialty training at the University o... Read More

Research Interests: Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Circadian Rhythm, Drosophila melanogaster, Hypertension, Ion Transport, Malpighian Tubules, Osmoregulation, Potassium Channels, Potassium Homeostasis, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Renal Physiology, Sodium-Potassium-Chloride Symporters, Stroke, Water-Electrolyte Balance

Specialties: Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco

Email: aylin.rodan@hsc.utah.edu

Matthew T. Rondina, MD, MS

I have been a faculty member of the University of Utah Department of Medicine since 2006, where I first served as Chief Medical Resident.  My clinical practice is focused on the prevention and treatment of thrombotic disorders, including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.  I teach students a... Read More

Specialties: Thrombotic Disorders

Residency: University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Medical School: University of Utah Medical School

Email: matthew.rondina@hsc.utah.edu

June Round, PhD

Research Interests: Immunology, Microbial Pathogenesis

Email: june.round@path.utah.edu

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Jesse Rowley, PhD

My research objective is to understand how platelets and megakaryocytes influence human health and disease. Our work integrates cutting-edge multi-omics approaches with traditional molecular, cellular, and in vivo approaches to define mechanisms of platelet function, and uncover new avenues for platelet diagnostics and therapeutics.... Read More

Email: u0637475@utah.edu

Jared P. Rutter, PhD

Jared Rutter, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Rutter studies how cells sense and detect energy needs for growth. Understanding the energy-sensing pathways in cells is important in cancer researc... Read More

Research Interests: Cell Communication, Cell Signaling, Metabolism, Metabolism Regulation

Email: Rutter@biochem.utah.edu

Lab: Lab Website

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Janet M. Shaw, PhD

Research Interests: Dynamics of Mitochondrial Membranes, Mitochondria, Mitochondrial Diseases, Mitochondrial Fission, Mitochondrial Fusion

Email: shaw@biochem.utah.edu

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Robin M. Shaw, MD, PhD

Dr. Robin Shaw is the Nora Eccles Harrison Presidential Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  He is also Director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute.  Dr. Shaw's clinical interests include advanced heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.  His ... Read More

Specialties: Cardiology

Email: Robin.Shaw@hsc.utah.edu

Yan-Ting Shiu, PhD

Email: y.shiu@hsc.utah.edu

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Debra L. Simmons, MD, MS, FACE, FACP

Dr. Debra Simmons is a tenured professor of medicine at University of Utah and Director of Clinical Affairs, Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center.  She is Chief of the Endocrine Section at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Dr. Simmons is board certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology, d... Read More

Research Interests: Diabetes, Education, Medical, Hypertension, Lipids, Metabolic Syndrome, Primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Specialties: Adrenal Disorders, Clinical Lipid Specialist, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Hypertriglyceridemia, Lipids, Metabolic Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders, Prediabetes, Thyroid Disorders, Type 1 Diabetes and Intensive Insulin Therapy, Type 2 Diabetes

Fellowship: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: Southwestern Medical School

Email: debra.simmons@hsc.utah.edu

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Scott Summers, PhD

Chair, Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

The major accomplishment of my scientific career has been to advance the idea that sphingolipids such as ceramides regulate nutrient homeostasis and contribute to diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The opinion was initially controversial and few publications other than my own appeared on the topic. Nonetheless, the data were robust and the ther... Read More

Email: scott.a.summers@health.utah.edu

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J. David Symons, PhD

Email: j.david.symons@hsc.utah.edu

Dean Tantin, PhD

Dean Tantin is a Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.    Tantin studies the regulation of gene expression and its relationship to immune and stem cell function, and malignancy. He focuses on a class ... Read More

Research Interests: Development and Regulation of Immune Responses, Gene Regulation, Stem Cells, Transcriptional Control of Malignant State

Email: dean.tantin@path.utah.edu

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Carl S. Thummel, PhD

Carl Thummel, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Thummel studies the role of small hormones, including steroids, retinoids, and thyroid hormones, in development and physiology of cells using the ... Read More

Research Interests: Animals, Genetically Modified, Crosses, Genetic, Developmental Biology, Endocrinology, Energy Metabolism, Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental, Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Growth and Embryonic Development, Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors, Models, Genetic, Molecular Genetics, Steroid Hormone Receptors, Transcription Factors, Transcription, Genetic

Email: carl.thummel@genetics.utah.edu

Joel D. Trinity, PhD

Dr. Trinity is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. Dr. Trinity joined the UVRL in 2009 after completing his doctoral training at The University of Texas at Austin. Utilizing an integrative approach that combines in-vivo and in-vitro ... Read More

Research Interests: Blood Flow, Cardiovascular Physiology, Endothelium, Vascular, Exercise and Aging, Hypertension, Nitric Oxide

Fellowship: George E Whalen VA Medical Center

Email: joel.trinity@utah.edu

Anandh Velayutham, PhD, MS, MPhil

Email: anandh.velayutham@utah.edu

Diane McVey Ward, PhD

Research Interests: Cell Biology, Iron Metabolism, Macrophage Iron Homeostasis, Membrane Trafficking, Lysosomes and Exosomes, Metal Homeostasis, Mitochondrial Heme and Iron

Email: diane.mcveyward@path.utah.edu

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Corrine K. Welt, MD

Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Female reproductive disorders are devastating and their underlying etiologies may present additional medical problems within and beyond the reproductive years. My work has therefore focused on disorders of reproduction and their medical consequences. Polycystic ovary syndrome causes infertility because of its irregular menstrual cycles. It is also ... Read More

Research Interests: Amenorrhea, Breastfeeding, Genetics, Hypothalamic Diseases, Menopause, Premature, Menstrual Cycle, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Prolactin, Women's Health

Specialties: Endocrinology & Metabolism

Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College

Email: Corrine.welt@u2m2.utah.edu

Kevin J. Whitehead, MD

Dr. Kevin Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Primary Children's Medical Center. He also is an Attending Physician at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is co-director of the Utah Adult Congenital... Read More

Research Interests: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Developmental Biology, Vascular Development

Specialties: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiology, Cardioversion, Dyspnea, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Hypertension, Valvular Heart Disease

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Western Ontario

Medical School: University of Alberta - School of Medicine

Email: kevin.whitehead@hsc.utah.edu

Brandi M. Wynne, PhD, FAHA

Email: Brandi.Wynne@hsc.utah.edu

Mark Yandell, PhD

Mark Yandell, PhD has led software development groups in both industry and academia. As a postdoc at the Human Genome Project at Washington University, St. Louis, he was a co-developer of the PolyBayes package, the first probabilistic algorithm for sequence variant discovery. Thereafter, he joined Celera Genomics, where he directed the group that w... Read More

Research Interests: Comparative Genomics, Computational Biology, Human Population Genetics, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, bioinformatics

Email: myandell@genetics.utah.edu

Tianxin Yang, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Hypertension, Renal, Renal Physiology

Residency: Peking Union Medical College

Medical School: Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences

Email: tianxin.yang@hsc.utah.edu

Arabella Young, PhD

Research Interests: Autoimmunity, Cancer Immunotherapy, Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors, Immune-Related Adverse Events, Novel Immune Targets for Cancer Therapy, Tumor Microenvironment

Fellowship: University of California San Francisco

Email: U6037891@utah.edu

Weiquan Zhu, PhD

Fellowship: University of Utah

Email: weiquan.zhu@u2m2.utah.edu