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Diabetes Research

Faculty Mentor: Simon Fisher
Title: Professor, Chief of Endocrinology
College: Medicine
School / Department: Internal Medicine (Nephrology)

Project description

The Fisher laboratory explores the basic mechanisms how blood sugar levels are normally regulated and how defective hormone action contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetes. The overall laboratory objectives are to identify key regulators of blood sugar levels, to categorize novel fuel sensors, to determine therapeutic targets that can improve the defective metabolism characteristic of diabetes, and to identify novel pharmacological therapies that can improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Student Role: Students will gain first-hand biomedical research experience working directly with Dr. Fisher, experienced postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in the laboratory.
Student Benefits: Research experience gained in the laboratory will enhance the student's applications to medical schools or biomedical graduate schools.
Project Duration: It is expected that students spend 10 hours per week on the project during the academic year. Full time summer employment opportunities are available.
Opportunity Type: Earn independent study credit, Prepare UROP Proposal, Write an Honor's Thesis, This is a paid research position
Is this a paid opportunity: No
Minimum Requirements: Motivation and enthusiasm for diabetes research. Coursework could include biology, biochemistry, physiology, or other pre-medicine classes. Training will be provided.