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Affliliate Diabetes Investigators

toddler-smallThe University of Florida research team is collectively one of the most dynamic programs in the United States. Over 100 University of Florida faculty from seven different colleges are committed to moving research from the laboratory to the clinical setting in efforts to prevent, treat and cure type 1 and type 2 diabetes and related complications. Many are recipients of the world’s most prestigious awards in diabetes care and research. Click on the name of a researcher to learn more about their area(s) of interest.

Principal Investigators

  • Michael Clare-Salzler, MD – Chair, Department of Pathology
  • Michael Haller, MD, MS-CI – Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Desmond Schatz, MD - Professor and Associate Chair of Pediatrics, Medical Director and Co-Director UF Health Diabetes Institute
  • Mark Atkinson, PhD – Professor, Pathology, Pediatrics, Eminent Scholar
  • Kenneth Cusi, MD, FACP, FACE – Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Prevention and Cure

  • Clayton E. Mathews, PhD - Associate Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Todd Brusko, PhD – Associate Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Nicholas E. Simpson, PhD – Associate Professor, Adult Endocrinology
  • Ben Keselowsky, PhD – Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Henry Rohrs, MD – Pediatric Endorcrinology
  • Jing Chen, PhD – Assistant Scientist, Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Anne E. Mathews, PhD, RD – Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human & Center for Health Equity and Quality Research
  • Sunita Dodani, MBBs (MD), MSc, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Medicine – Division of Cardiology- Jacksonville
  • Susan Percival, PhD – Chair and Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Karla Shelnutt, PhD – Assistant Professor | Extension Nutrition Specialist, Family Youth and Community Sciences
  • David Ostrov, PhD – Assistant Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Ammon Peck, PhD – Professor, College of Dentistry, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Edward Scott, PhD – Director, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Sihong Song, PhD – Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • William Winter, MD – Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Almut Winterstein, PhD Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
  • John O. Spengler, JD, PhD – Sport and Physical Activity, College of Health and Human Performance
  • ChangQing Xia, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Johnathan L. Williams, MD – Associate Chairman & Professor, Pediatric Radiology
  • Li-Jun Yang, MD – Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Shi-Wu Li, PhD – Assistant Scientist, Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Patrick Concannon, PhD – Director, UF Genetics Institue

Why Diabetes Occurs

  • Bryon Petersen, Ph.D. – Department of Pediatric Research
  • Brian S. Wilson, MD, PhD – Professor, Department of Pathology Immunology, & Laboratory Medicine
  • Martha Campbell-Thompson, PhD – Department of Pathology, Immunology, & Laboratory Medicine
  • Joseph Larkin, III, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
  • Graciela Lorca, PhD – Assistant Professor, Deapartmnet of Microbiology and Cell Science
  • Clayton E. Mathews, PhD - Associate Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Josef Neu, MD – Professor, Dept. Pediatric Endocrinology
  • John Driver, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
  • Mitchell D. Knutson, PhD – Associate Professor, Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, PhD  – Professor and Chief, Division of Biology of Aging | Institute on Aging
  • Eric Triplett, PhD – Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
  • Shannon Wallet, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, College of Dentistry
  • Luciana Shaddox, DDS, MS, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Periodentology, College of Dentistry
  • Clive Wasserfall, MS – Assistant, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Nishanth E. Sunny, PhD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
  • Diana Barb, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Fernando Bril, PhD – Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Paola Portillo-Sanchez, PhD – Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Peter Stacpoole, MD – Professor of Medicine | Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Nihal Tümer, PhD –  Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Yi Zhang, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Philip Scarpace, PhD – Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Yuri Sautin, PhD, D.Sc – Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation
  • Haesuk Park, PhD – Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
  • Satya Kalra, PhD  – Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine
  • Todd Manini, PhD – Department of Aging & Geriatric Research, College of Medicine | Institute on Aging

Improving Care and Diabetes Management

  • Janet Silverstein, MD – Pediatric Endocrinology Chief
  • Rhonda Cooper-Dehoff, PharmD – Associate Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics
  • Catherine Edwards, MD – Associate Professor, UF, Division of Endocrinology
  • Anthony R. Gregg, MD – Professor and Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Steve Anton, PhD – Assistant Professor, Aging and Geriatric Research | Institute on Aging
  • Whit Curry, MD – Faculty, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • Peter J. Carek, MD – Department Chair, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • Shalewa Noel-Thomas, PhD, – Clinical Assistant Professor, Rural South Public Health Training Center, College of Public Health & Health Professions
  • Christy S. Carter, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research | Institute on Aging
  • Brent Summerlin, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Xin Qi, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Julie Johnson, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS – Dean and Distinguished Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Gary Geffken, PhD  – Associate Professor, Psychiatry
  • Richard Segal, PhD – Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
  • Eric Stewart, MD – Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Nipa Shah, MD – Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Fern Webb, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Ghania Masri, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Linda Edwards, MD – Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Dale Kerner, PhD – Research Associate Professor, Department of Neurology – Jacksonville
  • Kenyatta Lee, MD – Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Seh-Hoon Oh, PhD – Pediatrics
  • Yan Gong, PhD – Research Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Kfir Ben-David, MD – Assistant Professor, Director- Department of Bariatric Surgery
  • Ronald Cohen, PhD – Professor and Director, Cognitive Aging and Memory Program, Clinical Translational Research Program | Institute on Aging
  • Mark Gold, MD – Professor and Chair, Psychiatry
  • David Janicke, PhD – Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology
  • Christopher E. Forsmark, MD – Professor of Medicine & Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
  • Melanie Hagen, MD, FACP – Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • James Grigg, MD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, UF, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Carolyn Tucker, PhD – Distinguished Alumni Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Linda Bobroff, Ph.D., RD, LD/N – Dept. of Family, Youth & Community Sciences
  • Georgios Rossidis, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Bariatric Surgery
  • Harry Klee, PhD – Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department | Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
  • Herbert E. Ward, MD – Associate Professor; Vice Chair & Chief, Adult Outpatient Services, Department of Psychiatry
  • Richard Shriner, MD – Assistant Clinical Professor, Medical Director, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital
  • Richard Melker, MD, PhD – Professor, Anesthesiology
  • Jennifer Miller, MD – Assistant Professor, Endocrinology
  • Michael Katovich, PhD – Professor, Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy
  • Sergei Zolotukhin, PhD – Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Therapy, Department of Pediatrics
  • Margaret C. Lo, MD, FACP – Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • James Smith, MD – Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Michael G. Perri, PhD – Dean and Robert G. Frank Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Michael Marsiske, PhD – Associate Professor, Dept. Clinical & Health Psychology
  • Garth Graham, MD, MPH, FACP – Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
  • Karen Sando, PharmD, CDE Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Caitrin McDonough, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • James Taylor, PharmD, CDE – Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Katherine Vogel Anderson, PharmD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Arlan Rosenbloom, MD – Adjunct Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics
  • Marco Pahor, MD –  Professor and Chair, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research | Director, Institute on Aging
  • Stephen Anton, PhD – Assistant Professor and Chief, Division of Clinical Research,  Department of Aging and Geriatric Research
  • Thomas Buford, PhD – Assistant Professor and Director, Health Promotion Center | Institute on Aging
  • Adam J. Woods, PhD – Assistant Professor and Director, Brain Imaging Lab, Department of Aging & Geriatric Research | Institute on Aging
  • Carl J. Pepine MD – Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Anthony A. Bavry, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine
  • David Weinstein, MD – Assistant Professor, Dept. Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE – Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research
  • Jay Bernhardt, PH. D, MPH – Professor and Chair of Health Education and Behavior, College of Health and Human Performance
  • Arch G. Mainous III, PhD – Florida Blue Endowed Professor of Health Administration, Health Services, Research, Management, and Policy
  • Beverly Roberts, PhD, RN, – Annabel Davis Jenks endowed professor at the UF College of Nursing
  • Kent Wehmeier, MD  – Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – Jacksonville
  • Arshag Mooradian, MD – Professor, Chair, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – Jacksonville
  • Mae Sheikh-Ali, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – Jacksonville
  • Joe Chehade, MD – Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – Jacksonville

Reducing Complications

  • Dominick Angiolillo, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiovascular Research – Jacksonville 
  • Nader Antonios, MD, MPH – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology – Jacksonville
  • Theodore Bass, MD – Medical Director, Division of Cardiology – Jacksonville
  • Alan Berger, MD – Associate Dean, Research Affairs; Chair, Department of Neurology; Director, UF Health Neuroscience Institute – Jacksonville
  • Rebecca Beth, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine, UF, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Benjamin Canales, MD – Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Kakarla V. Chalam, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., FACS – Professor, Department of Opthamology – Jacksonville
  • Doug B. Chapman, MD – Medical Director, Heart Failure Program – Jacksonville
  • Demetra Christou, PhD – Assistant Professor,  Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Bryan Croker, MD, PhD – Department of Pathology, Immunology, Laboratory Medicine
  • Sandeep Grover, MD – Associate Professor, Department of Opthamology – Jacksonville
  • Michelle Gumz, PhD – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation
  • Christina McCrae, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Shailesh K. Gupta, MD, M.B.A., F.A.C.S.  – Assistant Professor, Department of Opthamology – Jacksonville
  • Karen Hall, MD – Professor and Program Director, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • William Hauswirth, PhD –Professor of Opthamology, Department of Opthamology Research
  • Charles Heiling, MD Professor, Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension – Jacksonville
  • Leighton James, MD – Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension -Jacksonville
  • Christine Kay, MD – Department of Opthamology Research
  • Jae-Sung Kim, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Quihong Li, PhD – Department of Opthamology Research
  • Ronald Mars, PhD – Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension – Jacksonville
  • Alan Miller, MD – Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Mohan K. Raizada, PhD – Distinguished Professor, Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Scott Silliman, MD – Associate Professor, Department of Neurology – Jacksonville
  • Mark Segal, MD, PhD – Division of Nephrology, Hypertension, and Renal Transplantation
  • Gladys Velarde, MD, FACC  – Medical Director, Cardiovascular Women’s Heart Program, Division of Cardiology – Jacksonville
  • Martin Zenni, MD Associate Professor, Medical Director Cardiovascular Outreach Program – Jacksonville