Joana Almaça is a HIRN New Investigator and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on the vasculature of the islet. In her work, Dr. Almaça is testing the hypothesis that microvascular dysfunction in the islet leads to a disturbance of hormone secretion, to glucose intolerance, and eventually to diabetes.
Juan Alvarez is a HIRN Emerging Leader Award Recipient and an Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His research focuses on human stem cell-derived pancreatic islet organoids and mice as model systems to study islet development, physiology, and pathology, and to develop replacement therapies for insulin-dependent diabetes. We focus on the interplay between circadian rhythms, metabolism, and islet cell maturation.
Rafael Arrojo e Drigo is a Gateway Award Recipient and co-Investigator on a HPAC Grant. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms regulating post-mitotic cell homeostasis and longevity.
Sangeeta Dhawan is a HIRN New Investigator and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics. Her research focuses on the understanding the biology of the insulin producing beta cells.
Abdelfattah El Ouaamari is a HIRN New Investigator and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University. His research employs a multidisciplinary approach to identify local, systemic and neuronal signals regulating the number and the function of pancreatic islet insulin-producing β cells in mouse and human models of obesity and diabetes.
Leonardo Ferreira is a HIRN Emerging Leader Award Recipient and an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focuses on phenomenon of immune tolerance, his long term goal is to control how the immune system defines self and non-self. Such knowledge will allow the design and development of powerful new engineered immune cell therapies to fight autoimmune disease, cancer, and aging.
Jing Hughes is a Gateway Award Recipient and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipid Research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Her research focuses on the islet cell-cell interactions and the regulation of islet hormone secretion.
Eddie James is a HIRN New Investigator and a Principal Investigator at Benaroya Research Institute. His research involves applying tetramers to identify the chemical patters recognized by T cells in desirable protective immune responses directed against viruses (such as tetanus and HPV) and in undesirable destructive immune responses directed against self or therapeutic proteins (including GAD, insulin, and Factor VIII).
Alok Joglekar is a Gateway Award Recipient and an Assistant Research Professor of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research aims to examine the shifting antigenic landscape of anti-tumor T cell responses, determine the fundamental rules of TCR-pMHC interactions, and to investigate novel immunotherapies to autoimmune diseases.
Hirotake Komatsu is a Gateway Award Recipient and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics at City of Hope. His expertise is derived from a broad training in medicine and basic research in the fields of pancreas surgery and pancreatic islet transplantation.
Vira Kravets is a HIRN Emerging Leader Award Recipient and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is currently leading interdisciplinary projects in search for the underlying causes for Diabetes. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation supported Fellow, skilled in Islet Biology, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Microscopy, Optics and Public Speaking
Karla Leavens is a HIRN Emerging Leader Award Recipient and Pediatric Endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Gadue Lab.
Amelia Linnemann is a HIRN Emerging Leader Award Recipient and a HIRN New Investigator. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her primary research focus is to understand mechanisms of pancreatic β-cell death/survival, islet compensatory adaptation to cellular stress, and how these factors contribute to diabetes pathogenesis.
Bayou Liu is a Gateway Award Recipient and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah. His research focuses on autoimmune diseases (e.g., type I diabetes) via understanding self-antigen recognition by the immune system.
Holger Russ is a HIRN New Investigator and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver. His research focuses on using human stem cells to generate novel sources of beta cells for transplantation and to model human T1D in a dish.
Juan Alvarez is a Gateway Award Recipient and an Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Currently he is investigating the pathways by which thyroid hormones regulates skeletal muscle physiology and the role of type-2 deiodinase in muscle biology and its importance to plasma T3 pool.
Robert Sharp was a HIRN Emerging Leader Award Recipient and a was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Brusko Lab at the University of Florida. His research interests are in the area of study involves examining immunoregulation in type 1 diabetes, focusing on lymphocyte regulation genes including PTPN22 (protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 22), SIRPG (signal regulatory protein gamma), and cluster of differentiation 47 (CD47).