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Diabetes Center

Houston, Texas

The Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center at BCM is located in the Margaret M. Alkek Building for Biomedical Research
Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center
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Membership

The biomedical research base spans clinical metabolism and nutrition, type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their macrovascular and microvascular complications, lipid homeostasis, adipose biology and energy metabolism, basic molecular and cellular biology, molecular endocrinology, islet biology and gene therapy. The research base can be categorized into four major areas: clinical diabetes research, basic and translational research, molecular endocrinology, and adipogenesis. The membership represents eight departments and multiple disciplines.

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Membership Roster

DRC Biomedical Research Base Areas of Interest
Last Name First Name Degree Interest Group Department Research Interest
Aagaard Kjersti Marie M.D., Ph.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology
Bacha Fida M.D. Pediatrics
Bajaj Mandeep M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Medicine Type 2 Diabetes
Balasubramanyam Ashok M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition, Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Medicine Lipodystrophy, Diabetes
Ballabio Andrea M.D. Molecular & Human Genetics
Ballantyne Christie M. M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition, Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Medicine Diabetes Complications, Lipoprotein / Atherosclerosis
Baranowski Thomas Ph.D. Pediatrics
Bayle Joseph H. Ph.D. Molecular & Physiology
Bondy Melissa L. Ph.D. Duncan Cancer Center
Brown Chester M.D., Ph.D. Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism Molecular & Human Genetics Gdf3 in Adipogenesis
Butte Nancy F. Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Pediatrics Childhood Obesity
Chan Lawrence D.Sc. / M.B.B.S. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism Medicine / MCB Induced Islet Neogenesis, ChREBP Action, Lipid Droplet Proteins
Chang Benny Hung-Junn Ph.D. MCB
Chen Changyi Johnny M.D., Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Surgery and MCB adipokines, oxidative stress
Chen Miao-Hsueh Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition; Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism Pediatrics Hedgehog signaling and Adipogenesis
Chen Wenhao Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Medicine T cell tolerance; immunotherapy
Conneely Orla M Ph.D. MCB
Couroucli Xanthi I M.D. Pediatrics
Craigen William James M.D., Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes; Adipogenesis/ Energy Metabolism Molecular and Human Genetics The role of mitochondria in glucose and energy metabolism
Cullen Karen W Ph.D. Pediatrics Child and family nutrition education interventions.
Dacso Clifford C M.D. MCB
Danesh Farhad R. M.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes; Adipogenesis/ Energy Metabolism Medicine Diabetic nephropathy, mitochondria
Dave Jayna Markand M.D. Pediatrics
DeMayo Francesco J. Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism MCB Nuclear Receptor, Uterus, SRCs and Metabolism
Devaraj Sridevi Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metaabolism & Nutrition; Molecular Endocrinology Pathology Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes complications, Macrophage and Adipose Biology, Inflammation and Oxidative Stress, Nutritional Modulation, Molecular Mechanisms of Diabetic Complications
Dickinson Mary Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Diabetic Embryopathy
Edwards Dean Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Progesterone Receptor
Feng Qin Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Histone Methyltransferases and Metabolism
Feng Xin-Hua Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology; Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Surgery & MCB Mechanisms and Functions of Cell Signaling
Foreyt John P. Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Medicine Obesity
Fu Loning Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Pediatrics Circadian Homeostasis of Energy Balance, Leptin, and Nuclear receptors.
Fukuda Makoto Ph.D. Pediatrics
Garcia Jose M. M.D. Molecular Endocrinology; Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Medicine Cachexia, growth hormone, ghrelin, testosterone and anabolic therapies
Graham Brett H. M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition; Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Molecular and Human Genetics TCA cycle, OXPHOX, and animal models of mitochondrial energy metabolism dysfunction.
Guan Xinfu Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism Pediatrics Nutrition, GLP-2 Action, Role of GRP39-Obestation
Hamilton Susan L. Ph.D. Molecular Physiology & Biophys
Haymond Morey W. M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Pediatrics Substrate Homeostasis
He Bin Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Androgens and Androgen Receptor
Hughes Sheryl O. Ph.D. Pediatrics
Jahoor Farook Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Pediatrics Oxidative Stress, Obesity
Justice Monica J. Ph.D. Molecular and Human Genetics
Kao Christina Chen-Yu M.D., Ph.D. Medicine
Kusher Jake A. M.D. Biology and physiology of Diabetes Pediatrics Beta cell regeneration. Beta cell function. Islet physiology. Developmental biology of the endocrine pancreas. Aging. Type 1 diabetes.
Lagor William R. Ph.D. Molecular Physiology
Lee Brendan HL M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Molecular & Human Genetics Urea cycle enzymes and nitric oxide metabolism
Li Xiaotao MD., Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology; Adipogenesis/ Energy Metabolism MCB REGgamma progeasome mediated ubiquitin-independent protein degradation; protein stability and lipid metabolism; insulin sensitivity.
Liu Dan Ph.D. Biochemistry
Lloyd Richard E. Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Virol & Micro T1D microbiome, T1D viral etiology
Lupski James R. M.D., Ph.D. Molecular & Human Genetics
Lydon John P. Ph.D. MCB
Mancini Michael A. Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Nuclear Receptor in Single Cells
Marcelli Marco M.D. Molecular Endocrinology Medicine Androgens
Mendoza Jason A. M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Pediatrics Diabetes and obesity prevention and treatment
Mitch William E. M.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Medicine Kidney & Muscle in Diabetes
Mitsiades Nicholas M.D., PhD Molecular Endocrinology; Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Medicine Nuclear hormone receptors and their coactivators; prostate cancer; cancer cell metabolism; anticancer activity of metformin and statins.
Moore David Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism MCB Nuclear Receptor, Coactivators & Obesity
Morrisett Joel D. Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Medicine Complications
Naik Aanand D. M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition; Medicine Behavioral and health services research
Nicklas Theresa A. Ph.D. Pediatrics
O'Connor Teresia M. M.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Pediatrics Obesity prevention and treatment in young children
O'Malley Bert W. M.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism MCB Steroid Receptor, SRCs and Adipogenesis
Oka Kazuhiro Ph.D. MCB
Osborne C. Kent M.D. Molecular Endocrinology Breast Center Nuclear Receptor Coregulator
Pautler Robia G. Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Molecular Physiology Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Nanotechnology; Fatty liver disease; Aging; Diabetes
Pavlik Valory N. Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Family & Community Medicine Behavior & Diabetes
Petersen Laura A. M.D. Clinical Diabetes Medicine Diabetes clinical outcomes; quality of diabetes care and risk factor management
Petrosino Joseph Ph.D. Virol & Micro
Qin Jun Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology Biochemistry Nuclear Receptor
Richards Joanne S. Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Peptide Hormones
Rosen Jeffrey M. Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Hormones & Breast Cancer
Saha Pradip Ph.D. MCB
Sahin Ergun M.D., Ph.D. Huffington Center On Aging
Samson Susan L. M.D., Ph.D., BSc. Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism Medicine Diabetes/ Beta Cell Function
Sekhar Rajagopal Viswanath M.D., B.S. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Medicine Oxidative Stress, HIV Lipodystrophy
Shaw Chad A. Ph.D. Molecular & Human Genetics
Sisley Stephanie Pediatrics-Nutrition
Smith C. Wayne M.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Pediatrics Inflammation
Smith Carolyn L. Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Steroid Receptor
Songyang Zhou Ph.D. Biochemistry
Sreekumar Arun Ph.D. MCB
Sun Yuxiang Ph.D. Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism, Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Molecular Endocrinology Pediatrics-Nutrition Ghrelin, Thermogenesis, Adipose Macrophages, Nutrition & Metabolism
Thompson Deborah I Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition Pediatrics Prevention of child obesity and related disease, such as type 2 diabetes through the adoption of healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors
Tong Qiang Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism Pediatrics Sirtuin, Adipogenesis, SIRTUINS in Adipocytes
Tsai Ming-Jer Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism MCB, Medicine COUP-TFII, B Cells, Adipogenesis, Steroid Receptor, COUP-TFII and Adipocytes
Tsai Sophia Y. Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism MCB COUP-TFII, Adipogenesis, Steroid Receptor, COUP-FFII and Adipocytes
Van Den Veyver Ignatia B. M.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology
Wang Meng Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis / Energy Metabolism Molecular and Human Genetics Lipid metabolism, Aging
Wang Yanlin M.D., Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology Medicine Adiponectin, inflammation, macrophage polarization, fibrosis.
Waterland Robert A. Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes; Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Pediatrics and Molecular & Human Genetics Developmental epigenetics and human disease
Wehrens Xander Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Beta Cell Regulation, Complications
Weigel Nancy L. Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology MCB Nuclear Receptor
White Lisa Ph.D. Molecular & Human Genetics
Wong Lee-Jun Ph.D. Molecular & Human Genetics
Wu Huaizhu M.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Medicine Obesity/Inflammation/Diabetes
Xu Jianming Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism MCB Nuclear Receptor, SRCs and Obesity
Xu Yong M.D., Ph.D. Molecular Endocrinology, Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Pediatrics CNS Network Controlling Energy and Glucose Homeostasis
Yechoor Vijay K. M.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes Medicine Gene Therapy of Diabetes
Zhang Liping Ph.D. Clinical Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition; Biology & Physiology of Diabetes; Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Medicine Muscle insulin resistance; Adipogenesis
Zhang Pumin Ph.D. Biology & Physiology of Diabetes, Adipogenesis/Energy Metabolism Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Hormonal Regulation on Energy Metabolism by the Hypothalamus
Zoghbi Huda Y. M.D. Molecular & Human Genetics

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