Affiliate Faculty

The diabetes research program at the University of Florida is ranked among the most comprehensive in the U.S./world. More than 100 faculty from 7 colleges, dozens of departments, UF’s Agricultural Sciences, Genetics Institute and Institute on Aging, UF Health Shands and UF Health Jacksonville are represented at the UF Diabetes Institute. Aiming to bridge disciplines is key to bringing promising discoveries from the laboratory into the clinical setting in efforts to prevent and treat diabetes.

UFDI investigators conduct research in 5 key areas and fields of study. Many are recipients of prestigious awards in diabetes care and research from national organizations such as American Diabetes Association, JDRF, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and more. Learn more about faculty research interests and areas of expertise below.

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. – Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Michael Haller, M.D. – 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 Treatment
  • 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 Institute
  • 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
  • Stephen Roberts, Ph.D. – Joint Professor, Department of Environmental & Global Health
  • Henry Rohrs, M.D. – UF Department of Pediatrics and  Endocrinology
  • Shaharam Salek-Ardakani, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory of Medicine, College of Medicine
  • 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
  • Naohiro Terada, M.D., Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 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
Preclinical Diabetes | 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
  • Christina Graves, Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine
  • 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, Microbiology and Cell Science,  IFAS, University of Florida
  • 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. – Associate Professor, Microbiology and Cell Science, IFAS, University of Florida
  • Todd Manini, Ph.D. – Department of Aging & Geriatric Research, College of Medicine | Institute on Aging
  • Josef Neu, M.D. – Professor, Dept. Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Haesuk Park, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
  • David Pascual, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 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 of Microbiology and Cell Science, IFAS, University of Florida
  • 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
  • Yi Zhang, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Improving Care and Diabetes Management | Health Disparities Research
  • Anastasia Albanese-O’Neil, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., C.D.E. – Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • 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., Ph.D. – Division of Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine
  • Anthony A. Bavry, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine
  • 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
  • Crista Cook, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Ronald Cohen, Ph.D. – Professor and Director, Cognitive Aging and Memory Program, Clinical Translational Research Program | Institute on Aging
  • Linda Cottler, Ph.D. – Dean’s Professor of Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • 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
  • Christopher E. Forsmark, M.D. – Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
  • Kerim Miguel Asfura Gattas, Ph.D., Research Assistant Scientist, UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Gary Geffken, Ph.D.  – Associate Professor, 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
  • Michael Gutter, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Interim FCS Program Leader
  • 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
  • Brian Olsen, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • 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
  • Louis Kuritzky, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • 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
  • Heather Morris, Ph.D. – Assistant Research Scientist, Health Outcomes & Policy | Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy
  • 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
  • Susan Schaffer, Ph.D. – Clinical Assocaite Professor,  DNP Program Director, College of Nursing
  • 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
  • Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D. Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Policy | Director, Institute for Child Health Policy
  • Jonathan Shuster, Ph.D. – Director, Biostatistics Epidemiology and Research Design, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • 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
Reducing Complications
  • Dominick Angiolillo, M.D. – Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiovascular Research – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Nader Antonios, M.D., M.P.H. – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Theodore Bass, M.D. – Medical Director, Division of Cardiology – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Alan Berger, M.D. – Associate Dean, Research Affairs; Chair, Department of Neurology; Director, UF Health Neuroscience Institute – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Rebecca Beyth, M.D. – Associate Professor of Medicine, UF, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Benjamin Canales, M.D. – 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 – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Doug B. Chapman, M.D. – Medical Director, Heart Failure Program – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Demetra Christou, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor,  Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Robert J. Cousins, Ph.D. — Director, Center for Nutritional Sciences
  • Bryan Croker, M.D., Ph.D. – Department of Pathology, Immunology, Laboratory Medicine
  • Robert Egerman, M.D. – Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Claudia Gragnoli, M.D., Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism- UF Health Jacksonville
  • Anthony R. Gregg, M.D. – Chief, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Director of Obstetrics, UF Health Shands Hospital
  • Sandeep Grover, M.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Opthamology – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Michelle Gumz, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation
  • Shailesh K. Gupta, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.  – Assistant Professor, Department of Opthamology – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Michael J. Haas, Ph.D. – Research Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Karen Hall, M.D. – Professor and Program Director, Community Health and Family Medicine
  • William Hauswirth, Ph.D. –Professor of Opthamology, Department of Opthamology Research
  • Charles Heilig, M.D. Professor, Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Leighton James, M.D. – Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension -UF Health Jacksonville
  • Jae-Sung Kim, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Alfred Lewin, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Qiuhong Li, Ph.D. – Department of Ophthalmology Research
  • Ronald Mars, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Alan Miller, M.D. – Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine – Jacksonville
  • Jason Piraino, M.D.  – Associate Professor, Chief, Division of Foot and Ankle; Program Director, UF Health Jacksonville
  • Mohan K. Raizada, Ph.D. – Distinguished Professor, Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Gregory Schultz, Ph.D.- Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology |  Institute for Wound Research
  • Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy
  • Edward Scott, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Mark Segal, M.D., Ph.D. – Division of Nephrology, Hypertension, and Renal Transplantation
  • Scott Silliman, M.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Neurology – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Gladys Velarde, M.D., F.A.C.C. – Medical Director, Cardiovascular Women’s Heart Program, Division of Cardiology – UF Health Jacksonville
  • Amrisha Verma, Ph.D. – Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine
  • Martin Zenni, M.D. – Associate Professor, Medical Director Cardiovascular Outreach Program – UF Health Jacksonville