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Affiliate Faculty

toddler-smallThe University of Florida Diabetes Institute is one the nation’s most comprehensive research teams, organized by more than 100 faculty members from the colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine as well as the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Institute on Aging and the UF Genetics Institute, and more. The combined strength of our team is the key to advancing promising discoveries from the laboratory to the clinical setting in efforts to prevent and treat diabetes.

UF Diabetes Institute-affiliate investigators are organized into five areas concurrent with research interests and numerous fields of study. Many are recipients of prestigious awards in diabetes care and research.

Click below to learn more about areas of research interest and expertise.


Principal Investigators

  • Mark Atkinson, Ph.D. – Director, UF Diabetes Institute, Professor, Pathology, Pediatrics, Eminent Scholar
  • Michael Clare-Salzler, M.D. – Director, Center for Immunology & Transplantation
  • Kenneth Cusi, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. – Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Michael Haller, M.D., M.S.-C.I. – Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Clayton E. Mathews, Ph.D. – Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Desmond Schatz, M.D. – Professor and Associate Chair of Pediatrics, Medical Director, UF Diabetes Institute
  • Janet Silverstein, M.D. – Pediatric Endocrinology Chief, UF College of Medicine

Prevention and Cure

  • Linda Bobroff, Ph.D., R.D., L.D./N – Dept. of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Todd Brusko, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Jing Chen, Ph.D.– Assistant Scientist, Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Patrick Concannon, Ph.D. – Professor & Director, UF Genetics Institue
  • Sunita Dodani, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Medicine – Division of Cardiology- UF Health Jacksonville
  • Ben Keselowsky, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Shi-Wu Li, Ph.D. – Assistant Scientist, Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Anne E. Mathews, Ph.D., R.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human & Center for Health Equity and Quality Research
  • David Ostrov, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Susan Percival, Ph.D. – Chair and Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Ammon Peck, Ph.D.– Professor & Associate Dean of research and graduate studies, UF Veterinary Medicine
  • Henry Rohrs, M.D. – UF Department of Pediatrics and  Endocrinology
  • Edward Scott, Ph.D. – Director, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Karla Shelnutt, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor | Extension Nutrition Specialist, Family Youth and Community Sciences
  • Cherie Stabler, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Sihong Song, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • John O. Spengler, J.D., Ph.D.– Sport and Physical Activity, College of Health and Human Performance
  • Mark Wallet, Ph.D. –  Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
  • William Winter, M.D. – Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Johnathan L. Williams, M.D. – Associate Chairman & Professor, Pediatric Radiology
  • Almut Winterstein, Ph.D. Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
  • ChangQing Xia, M.D., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine
  • Li-Jun Yang, M.D. – Professor, Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine

Why Diabetes Occurs

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

Improving Care and Diabetes Management | Health Disparities Research

  • Stephen Anton, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor and Chief, Division of Clinical Research,  Department of Aging and Geriatric Research | Institute on Aging
  • Lennox Archibald, M.D., PhD – Division of Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine
  • Anthony A. Bavry, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Kfir Ben-David, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Director- Department of Bariatric Surgery
  • Thomas Buford, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor and Director, Health Promotion Center | Institute on Aging
  • Peter J. Carek, M.D. – Department Chair, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • Christy S. Carter, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor,  Aging and Geriatric Research | Institute on Aging
  • Joe Chehade, M.D. – Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Lisa Marie Clifford, Ph.D. – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Ronald Cohen, Ph.D. – Professor and Director, Cognitive Aging and Memory Program, Clinical Translational Research Program | Institute on Aging
  • Whit Curry, M.D. – Faculty, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • Rhonda Cooper-Dehoff, Pharm.D. – Associate Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics
  • Eric Dietrich, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S. – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Catherine Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.E. – Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Linda Edwards, M.D. – Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine – UF College of Medicine Jacksonville
  • Glen Finney, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Division Chief, Behavioral Neurology, McKnight Brain Institute
  • Christopher E. Forsmark, M.D. –Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
  • Gary Geffken, Ph.D.  – Associate Professor, Psychiatry
  • Mark Gold, M.D. – Professor and Chair, Psychiatry
  • Yan Gong, Ph.D. – Research Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Anthony R. Gregg, M.D. – Professor and Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • James Grigg, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Medicine, UF, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Melanie Hagen, M.D., F.A.C.P. – Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Seh-Hoon Oh, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • David Janicke, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology
  • Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., F.C.C.P., B.C.P.S. – Dean and Distinguished Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Michael Katovich, Ph.D. – Professor, Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy
  • Dale Kraemer, Ph.D. – Research Associate Professor, Department of Neurology – UF College of Medicine Jacksonville
  • Harry Klee, Ph.D. – Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department | Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
  • Margaret C. Lo, M.D., F.A.C.P. – Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Arch G. Mainous III, PhD – Florida Blue Endowed Professor of Health Administration, Health Services, Research, Management, and Policy
  • Michael Marsiske, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Dept. Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Ghania Masri, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Caitrin McDonough, Ph.D. – Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Jennifer Miller, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Division Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Arshag Mooradian, MD – Professor, Chair, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Shalewa Noel-Thomas, Ph.D., – Clinical Assistant Professor, Rural South Public Health Training Center, College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Xin Qi, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
  • David M. Quillen, M.D. – Associate Professor Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Siegfried O.F. Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D. – Professor, Medical Director, Family Medicine at Hampton Oaks
  • Michael G. Perri, Ph.D. – Dean and Robert G. Frank Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Mark Rice, MD – Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine
  • Arlan Rosenbloom, M.D. – Adjunct Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics
  • Georgios Rossidis, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Bariatric Surgery
  • Karen Sando, Pharm.D., C.D.E. – Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Richard Segal, Ph.D. – Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
  • Nipa Shah, M.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – UF College of Medicine Jacksonville
  • James Smith, M.D. – Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Eric Stewart, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Brent Summerlin, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • James Taylor, Pharm.D., C.D.E. – Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Carolyn Tucker, Ph.D. – Distinguished Alumni Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Marco Pahor, M.D. –  Professor and Chair, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research | Director, Institute on Aging
  • Carl J. Pepine, M.D. – Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Maryam Sattari, M.D. – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Mae Sheikh-Ali, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Katherine Vogel Anderson, Pharm.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Ashby Walker, Ph.D. – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, Institute for Child Health Policy
  • Herbert E. Ward, M.D. – Associate Professor; Vice Chair and Chief, Adult Outpatient Services, Department of Psychiatry
  • Fern J. Webb, Ph.D. Assistant Professor; Department of Community Health and Family Medicine – UF College of Medicine Jacksonville
  • Kent Wehmeier, M.D.  – Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UF Health Jacksonville
  • David Weinstein, M.D., M.M.Sc. – Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE – Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
  • Adam J. Woods, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor and Director, Brain Imaging Lab, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research | Institute on Aging
  • Sergei Zolotukhin, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Therapy, Department of Pediatrics

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