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Midhat Abdulreda, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: MAbdulreda@med.miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Kristin Abraham, PhD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: abrahamk@niddk.nih.gov

Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Domenico Accili, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: da230@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Amanda Ackermann, MD, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: ackermanna@email.chop.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Lab: Klaus Kaestner

Joana Almaca, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: JAlmaca@med.miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Mark S. Anderson, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Mark.Anderson@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Charles Ansong, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Charles.Ansong@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Efsun Arda, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: ardah@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Seung Kim

Lucas Armitage

Role: Research Staff

Email: lucasarmitage@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Lab: Mark Wallet

Role on Project: Studying the role PTPN22 plays in dendritic cells and how it affects its interactions with β cells and cytotoxic CD8+ lymphocytes in type 1 diabetes.

Guillermo Arreaza-Rubin, MD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: arreaza-rubing@niddk.nih.gov

Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Dana Avrahami-Tzfati, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: danaav@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: Hadassah-Hebrew University

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Lauren Becnel, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: lbecnel@cdisc.org

Center: CDISC

Hugh Bender, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: rhbender@uci.edu

Center: University of California at Irvine

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Lab: Chris Hughes

Role on Project: Integrating human pancreatic islets within a vascularized, micro-organ platform.

Nelly Berger

Role: CC/BC PI/Staff

Email: nberger@coh.org

Center: City of Hope

Michael Betts, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: betts@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: sbhatia@MIT.EDU

Center: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anil Bhushan, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: Anil.Bhushan@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Olivier Blondel, PhD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: blondelol@niddk.nih.gov

Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Bernd Bodenmiller, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: bernd.bodenmiller@imls.uzh.ch

Center: University of Zurich

Chiara Borsotti, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: cb2943@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Development of autoimmune insulitis in the personalized immune (PI) humanized mouse model.

Rita Bortell, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: rita.bortell@umassmed.edu

Center: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Rita Bottino, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: RBottino@wpahs.org

Center: Allegheny Health Network

Annie Bowles, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: acb233@miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Michael Brehm, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: michael.brehm@umassmed.edu

Center: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Kristin Burnum-Johnson, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: kristin.burnum-johnson@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Elizabeth Butterworth

Role: Research Staff

Email: ebutterworth@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Biological Student

Lab: Martha Campbell-Thompson

Role on Project: Manages the overall laboratory and has specific roles in islet laser capture microdissection, RNA extraction and analysis, and immunolocalization and microscopy of beta cells.

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Long Cai, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: lcai@caltech.edu

Center: California Institute of Technology

Sean Campbell, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: src2138@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Research Scientist

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Dr. Campbell's role on the project is on Specific Aim 2 of the grant. He is working on the optimization of the in vivo functionality of the iPSC-derived beta-like cells. Also, is performing the in vitro studies to compare the immunogenicity of iPSC-derived beta-like cells from healthy controls and type 1 diabetic patients to natural beta cells.

Joan Camunas, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: jcamunas@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Joseph Canzano

Role: Research Staff

Email: jcanzano@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Bio Scientist

Lab: Martha Campbell-Thompson

Role on Project: Lab assays and data analysis.

Richard Caprioli, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: richard.m.caprioli@vanderbilt.edu

Center: Vanderbilt University

Fabian Cardenas

Role: Research Staff

Email: fcar@sas.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Paul Gadue

Role on Project: Generation of functional and mature beta cells using hESCs.

Anna Casalas, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: annamc@kth.se

Melanie Cash

Role: Research Staff

Email: mcash@pathology.ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Biological Scientist

Lab: Mark Wallet

Role on Project: Making cell lines to study the regulatory role of PTPN22 by introducing PTPN22 shRNA using lentivirus. In addition, I am assisting with the deleting of PTPN22 via CRIPSR and collection of human blood monocytes by counter-current centrifugal elutriation

Deborah Chaimov, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: dchaimov@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Cherie Stabler

Role on Project: Working on engineering of physiomimetic platforms for islets. Trying to provide an in vitro device for maintaining the viability and phenotype of primary pancreatic islets.

Xiaojuan Chen, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: xc2248@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Chris Chen, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: chencs@bu.edu

Center: Boston University

Hao Chen, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: hchen@uthsc.edu

Center: University Tennessee

Jing Chen, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: jic24@pathology.ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Yi-Ju Chen, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: cheny3@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Ben Stanger

Role on Project: Analyze physiology of human islets and beta-cell-organoids. Generating mature beta cells from intestinal stem cells.

Girish Chitnis, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Center: Harvard Medical Center

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Jeff Karp

Role on Project: Girish is trained as a MEMS and microfluidics engineer. He is interested in utilizing these skills for applications in biology and medicine. He is currently leading the project that aims to sustain and analyze islets in a microfluidic environment.

Amit Choudhary, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: achoud@broadinstitute.org

Center: Broad Institute

Jenny Chuang

Role: CC/BC PI/Staff

Email: jchuang@coh.org

Center: City of Hope

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Chunhua Dai, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: chunhua.dai@vanderbilt.edu

Center: Vanderbilt University

George Daley, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: George_Daley@hms.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard Medical School

Nichole Danzl, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: nmd2101@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Associate Research Scientist

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Dr. Danzl leads the studies for optimization of the PI mouse model and implements these advances into the basic paired T1D versus Healthy Control comparative experiments. She also leads the in vivo functional testing of ES and iPS derivatives to make human islets and a human thymus from the hematopoietic stem cell donor.

Jeffrey Davis

Role: Research Staff

Email: jeffreydavis@fas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Doug Melton

Role on Project: Jeff Davis is a graduate student in the Melton lab. Jeff’s work focuses on stressing stem cell-derived beta cells in vitro and in vivo and analyzing changes in gene expression. Jeff then investigates the candidate genes as potential markers of beta cell stress in multiple diabetes-related stress environments.

Tejal Desai, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: Tejal.Desai@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Sangeeta Dhawan, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: sdhawan@coh.org

Center: City of Hope

Teresa DiLorenzo, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: teresa.dilorenzo@einstein.yu.edu

Center: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Juan Dominguez-Bendala

Role: Investigator

Email: jdominguez2@med.miami.edu

Rafael Drigo, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: rdrigo@salk.edu

Center: Salk Institute

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Thomas Eggerman, MD, PhD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: eggermant@mail.nih.gov

Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Dieter Egli, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: de2220@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Decio Eizirik, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Decio.Laks.Eizirik@ulb.ac.be

Center: University of Brussels

Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: abdelfattah.elouaamari@rutgers.edu

Center: Rutgers University

Elise Engquist

Role: Research Staff

Email: eliseengquist@fas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Research Assistant

Lab: Doug Melton

Role on Project: Elise is a research assistant in the Melton lab. Elise’s main focus is to optimize the protocols used to derive mature SC-Beta cells from human embryonic stem cells with the goal of making it more robust and efficient as well as enhancing the functionality of terminally differentiated cells. Elise also produces and distributes SC-beta cells to other members of the lab and external collaborators to be used in Beta cell characterization studies and in vivo transplantation experiments.

Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: cevansmo@iupui.edu

Center: Indiana University

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Michael Feldman, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: feldmanm@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Jorge Ferrer, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: j.ferrer@imperial.ac.uk

Center: Imperial College of London

Jocelyn Fox, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: jm33@ualberta.ca

Center: University of Alberta

Kenichiro Furuyama, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: kenichiro.furuyama@unige.ch

Center: University of Geneva

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Roberto Gaetani

Role: Research Staff

Email: rgaetani@eng.ucsd.edu

Center: University of California at San Diego

Job Title: Research Scientist

Lab: Karen Christman

Role on Project: Biomaterial identification for Islet and hESCs 3D culture.

Feorillo Galivo, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: galivo@ohsu.edu

Center: Oregon Health and Science University

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Markus Grompe

Alannon Gannon, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: agannon@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Co-lead of the Parker lab effort for the “Islet on a chip” project. I'm developing ECM based hydrogels for on chip housing and investigating the micro-mechanical environment of primary islets.

Yuqian Gao

Role: Research Staff

Email: yuqian.gao@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Job Title: Scientist

Lab: Tom Metz

Role on Project: She is an analytical chemist working on the development of targeted mass spectrometry assays to validate new biomarker candidates that are initially identified in untargeted mass spectrometry-based omics analyses.

Kerim Gattas-Asfura, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: Kerim.GattasAsfura@bme.ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Lab: Cherie Stabler

Role on Project: Engineering biomimetic scaffolds to support the long-term health of islets or insulin producing tissues.

Kyle Gaulton, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: kgaulton@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California, San Diego

Steven George, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: scgeorge@ucdavis.edu

Center: University of California, Davis

Ivan Gerling, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: igerling@uthsc.edu

Center: University of Tennessee

Ronald Gill, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Ronald.gill@ucdenver.edu

Center: University of Colorado at Denver

Benjamin Glaser, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: ben.glaser@mail.huji.ac.il

Center: Hadassah-Hebrew University

Robin Goland, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: rsg2@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Maria Golson, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: mgolson@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Reserach Assistant Professor

Lab: Klaus Kaestner

Role on Project: Focus on beta-cell proliferation and function.

David Gonzalez

Role: Research Staff

Email: david_gonzalez@harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Research Assistant

Lab: Doug Melton

Role on Project: Working on developing and characterizing methods to differentiate embryonic stem cells into various endocrine cell types on the pancreas with the goal of engineering pancreatic islets of defined composition and structure. David is particularly interested in cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions and their contribution to regulated secretion of hormones. Along with Quinn Peterson, David is involved in a number of collaborations with the Karp and Parker lab to design technologies that will shed light on the biological importance of these interactions and hopes that his work will help improve clinical outcomes of patients with diabetes in the future.

Bryan Gonzalez

Role: Research Staff

Email: bg2450@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Dieter Egli

Role on Project: Bryan will work on beta cell generation for molecular comparison of iPS derived beta cells and islet derived beta cells of identical genetic origin.

David Gorkin, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: dgorkin@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California, San Diego

Peter Gottlieb, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: peter.gottlieb@ucdenver.edu

Center: University of Colorado at Denver

Viviana Gradinaru, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: viviana@caltech.edu

Center: California Institute of Technology

Rafael Gras, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: rg2837@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Hans W. Snoeck

Role on Project: To generate thymic epithelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells for modeling of immune responses in type I diabetes in humanized mice.

Carla Greenbaum, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: cjgreen@benaroyaresearch.org

Center: Benaroya Research Institute

Dale Greiner, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Dale.greiner@umassmed.edu

Center: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jeffrey Grethe, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: jgrethe@ncmir.ucsd.edu

Center: University of California at San Diego

Marina Gritsenko

Role: Research Staff

Email: marina.gritsenko@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Job Title: Scientist

Lab: Tom Metz

Role on Project: She has more than 20 years of experience in developing and applying methods in particular for proteomics analyses, including protein/peptide extraction/purification, fractionation of proteins/peptides using high performance liquid chromatography, and isobaric chemical labeling of peptides.

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Kirk Hansen, PhD

Role: Collaborator

Email: kirk.hansen@ucdenver.edu

Center: University of Colorado at Denver

David Harlan, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: David.Harlan@umassmemorial.org

Center: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Chuan He, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: chuanhe@uchicago.edu

Center: University of Chicago

Matthias Hebrok, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Mhebrok@diabetes.ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Kevan Herold, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: Kevan.herold@yale.edu

Center: Yale University

Jennifer Hosford

Role: Research Staff

Email: zorra@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Clinical Research Coordinator

Lab: Desmond Schatz

Role on Project: University of Florida Diabetes Research Program Coordinator

Deborah Hoshizaki, PhD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: dkhosh@nih.gov

Dan Huh, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: huhd@seas.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

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Matthew Ishahak

Role: Research Staff

Email: m.ishahak@umiami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Ashutosh Agarwal

Role on Project: Testing and fabrication of microfluidic microsystem to asses the health and viability of islets.

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Eddie James, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: ejames@benaroyaresearch.org

Center: Benaroya Research Institute

Robert Jones

Role: Research Staff

Email: jonesbob@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

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John Kappler, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: kapplerj@njc.org

Center: National Jewish Medical & Research Center

Jeff Karp, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: jeffkarp@mit.edu

Center: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Mark Kay, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: markay@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Timothy Kieffer, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: tim.kieffer@ubc.ca

Center: University of British Columbia

Yuong-Mo Kim

Role: Research Staff

Email: yuongmo.kim@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Job Title: Scientist

Lab: Tom Metz

Role on Project: He is an analytical chemist and expert in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry-based metabolomics analysis. He is performing metabolomics analyses of pancreatic islets.

Siddharth Kishore

Role: Research Staff

Email: skishore@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Paul Gadue

Role on Project: Generation of functional and mature beta cells using hESCs.

Stephan Kissler, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Stephan.Kissler@joslin.harvard.edu

Center: Joslin Diabetes Institute

Tatsu Kono, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: konot@iu.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Job Title: Assistant Research Professor

Lab: Raghu Mirmira

Role on Project: His interest is in islet function and calcium regulation. His work in the HIRN project at Indiana centers on the characterization of ER and ER calcium responses of human β cells to cytokine-mediated stress

Taiyi Diana Kuo, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: tk2592@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Associate Research Scientist

Lab: Domenico Accili

Role on Project: Identify effectors of β cell dedifferentiation using the “omics” approach.

Irina Kusmartseva, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: inkusmartseva@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Jennifer Kyle, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: jennifer.kyle@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Tom Metz

Role on Project: She has been refining liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based lipidomics analyses, including the development of novel informatics tools for confident lipid identification. She is performing lipidomics analyses of pancreatic islets.

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Julia Laskin, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: julia.laskin@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Karla Leavens, MD, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: LEAVENSK@EMAIL.CHOP.EDU

Center: Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Endocrinology Fellow

Lab: Paul Gadue

Nataliya Lenchik

Role: Research Staff

Email: nlenchik@uthsc.edu

Center: University of Tennessee

Job Title: Research Associate

Lab: Ivan Gerling

Role on Project: Conduct laser-capture of human islets. Obtain transcriptome profiles of laser-captured islets. Analyze and mine the data.

Ying Li

Role: Investigator

Email: yl2373@ufl.edu

Center: University of Floria

Lab: cherie stabler

Heiko Lickert, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: heiko.lickert@zimbra.helmholtz-muenchen.de

Center: Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research

Dong-Jin Lim, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: dan_lim@mit.edu

Center: Harvard Medical School

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Jeff Karp

Role on Project: Working on identifying suitable microenvironment for islets and stem cell derived islet-like-clusters . He is also interested in developing assays using mass-spectrometry to gain deeper understanding of the secretomic profile of these cells.

Wendell Lim, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Wendell.Lim@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Amelia Linnemann, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: aklinnem@iu.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Emma Lundberg, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: emma.lundberg@scilifelab.se

Center: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Patrick MacDonald, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: pem@ualberta.ca

Center: University of Alberta

Rene Maehr, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: rene.maehr@umassmed.edu

Center: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Mohsen Khosravi Maharlooei, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: mkm2182@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Generation of personalized immune humanized mice with T1D and HC CD34+ HSCs and HLA-matched fetal thymus in NSG mice transgenic for HLA-A2 and HLA-DQ8 and then vaccinate them with different auto-antigens implicated in T1D induction in order to induce autoimmunity and insulitis in this model.

Bernhard Maier, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: bfmaier@iu.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Job Title: Assistant Research Professor

Lab: Raghu Mirmira

Role on Project: His longstanding interest is in the area of β cell stress, and the molecular pathways that lead to β cell dysfunction. His work in the HIRN project focuses on isolation of pure populations of β cells from human islets using FACS and surface marker selection

Mark Mamula, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: mark.mamula@yale.edu

Center: Yale University

Jason McDermott, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: jason.mcdermott@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richard McIndoe, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: rmcindoe@augusta.edu

Center: Augusta University

Everett Meyer, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: evmeyer@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Aaron Michels, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: aaron.michels@ucdenver.edu

Center: University of Colorado at Denver

Raghavendra Mirmira, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: rmirmira@iupui.edu

Center: Indiana University

Jason Moore, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: jhmoore@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Margaret Morris, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: MorrisMA@evms.edu

Center: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Axel Muller, PhD

Role: CC/BC PI/Staff

Email: amuller@coh.org

Center: City of Hope

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Jerry Nadler, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: nadlerjl@evms.edu

Center: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Hiroyuki Nakai, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: nakaih@ohsu.edu

Center: Oregon Health & Science University

Ernesto Nakayasu, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: ernesto.nakayasu@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Grace Nauman

Role: Research Staff

Email: gn2242@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: PhD Student

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Improving human antigen presenting cell reconstitution in the Personalized Immune Mouse system.

Chris Newgard, PhD

Role: Collaborator

Email: chris.newgard@duke.edu

Center: Duke University

Kim-Vy Nguyen-Ngoc, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: knguyenngoc@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California at San Diego

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Maike Sander

Role on Project: Establish 3D organotypic culture model of pancreatic cells derived from hESCs. Identify strategies to vascularize islet organoids in 3D culture.

Dario Nicetto, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: dnicetto@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Ken Zaret

Role on Project: Reconstituting human pancreatic beta cells in multicellular 3D organoids.

HIRN Human Islet Research Network

Joyce Niland, PhD

Role: CC/BC PI/Staff

Email: jniland@coh.org

Center: City of Hope

Jeremy Norris, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: j..norris@vanderbilt.edu

Center: Vanderbilt University

Julius Nyalwidhe, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: nyalwijo@evms.edu

Center: Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Jose Oberholzer, MD

Role: ESP

Email: jober@uic.edu

Center: University of Illinois, Chicago

Galya Orr, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: gayla.orr@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Audrey Parent, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: Audrey.parent@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Mark Anderson, Matthias Hebrok

Role on Project: Generation of thymic epithelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells and development of humanized mouse models to study thymic function in vivo"

Kit Parker, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: kkparker@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Ricardo Pastori, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: RPastori@med.miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Smit Patel

Role: Research Staff

Email: smit31@ufl.edu

Center: University of Floria

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Lab: Cherie Stabler

Heshan Peiris, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: hpeiris@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Seung Kim

Ian Penkala

Role: Research Staff

Email: ianpenk@vet.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Ben Stanger

Role on Project: Analyze physiology of human islets in suspension or fibrin-hydrogels.

Vladislav Petyuk, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: vladislav.petyuk@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Greg Poffenberger

Role: Research Staff

Email: greg.poffenberger@Vanderbilt.Edu

Center: Vanderbilt University

Job Title: Senior Research Specialist

Lab: Al Powers

Vincent Poitout, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: Vincent.poitout@umontreal.ca

Center: Universite de Montreal

Ben Pope, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: pope@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Co-lead of the Parker lab effort for the “Islet on a chip” project. I’m developing on-chip assays of islet function and a platform for in vitro metabolic circuits

Sebastian Preissl, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: spreissl@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California, San Diego

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Stephen Quake, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: quake@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

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Siddarth Rawal, MD

Role: Research Staff

Email: SRawal@miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Job Title: Senior Research Associate

Lab: Ashutosh Agarwal

Role on Project: During the initial phase, to design the fluidic chips using CAD and then translate the design to a streamlined fabrication process using CNC machining, laser cutting and 3D printing. Once chips are fabricated and fully functional, will work with the team to establish long term islet cell cultures and develop experimental designs to test the health and viability of the islets as well as assess the metabolic properties of the islets.

Christopher Rhodes, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: rhodesc@medimmune.com

Center: MedImmune

Bart Roep MD, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: broep@coh.org

Center: City of Hope

Michael Roper, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: roper@chem.fsu.edu

Center: Florida State University

Job Title: Investigator

Patrik Rorsman

Role: Collaborator

Email: patrik.rorsman@hmc.ox.ac.uk

Derrick Rossi, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: derrick.rossi@childrens.harvard.edu

Center: Children’s Hospital Corp

Kole Roybal, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Kole.Roybal@ucsf.edu

Marjan Rupnik

Role: Collaborator

Email: marjan.slakrupnik@meduniwien.ac.at

Holger Russ, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: HOLGER.RUSS@UCDENVER.EDU

Center: University of Colorado, Denver

Guy Rutter, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: g.rutter@imperial.ac.uk

Center: Imperial College of London

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Sheryl Sato, PhD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: satos@extra.niddk.nih.gov

Center: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Alexei Savinov, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: alexei.savinov@sanfordhealth.org

Center: Sanford Research/Univ. of South Dakota

Lisa Scudder, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: lscudder@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Works on the electrophysiological response of stem cell derived-beta cells to glucose and islet ion channel biology.

Howie Seay

Role: Research Staff

Email: hrseay@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Biological Scientist II

Lab: Todd Brusko

Role on Project: Using FACS-purification, Howie isolates intra-islet CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to construct single-cell cDNA libraries using the Fluidigm C1 platform. RNA-seq is then performed on these cells to determine phenotype and TcR identity, which is compared to T cell populations found in the pancreatic-draining lymph node, spleen, and PBMC from the same tissue donor to discover cellular overlap and potential peripheral biomarkers of disease.

Paolo Serafini, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: PSerafini@med.miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Ruth Shemer, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: shemer.ru@mail.huji.ac.il

Center: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Bhupinder Shergill

Role: Research Staff

Email: bdshergill@gmail.com

Center: University of California, Davis

Job Title: Laboratory Manager

Lab: Steven George

Tujin Shi, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: tujin.shi@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Kevin Shores

Role: Research Staff

Email: kshores@g.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Modeling and design of the Islet-on-a-Chip platform

Leonard Shultz, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: lenny.shultz@jax.org

Center: The Jackson Laboratory

Dmitry "Dima" Shvarstman, Ph.D.

Role: Research Staff

Email: Dmitry_shvartsman@harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Senior Scientist

Lab: Doug Melton

Role on Project: Dmitry Shvartsman is the senior scientist in the Melton lab. Dr. Shvartsman’s main task is to manage to cell production group within the Melton lab and additionally, to manage external and internal collaborations, projects, and financial regulations and compliance.

Emily Sims, MD

Role: Research Staff

Email: eksims@iu.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Lab: Raghu Mirmira

Role on Project: Focuses on the identification of cargo in extracellular vesicles extruded from stressed β cells, and to correlate this cargo to stages of T1D development.

Ruth Singer

Role: Research Staff

Email: Ruthasinger@gmail.com

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: PhD Candidate

Lab: Lori Sussel

Role on Project: Student Researcher

Zhen Song

Role: Research Staff

Email: sonzh@ohsu.edu

Center: Oregon Health and Science University

Job Title: Research Assistant

Lab: Hiroyuki Nakai

Cherie Stabler, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: cstabler@bme.ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Ben Stanger, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: bstanger@upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Lawrence Stern, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Lawrence.stern@umassmed.edu

Center: University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Doris Stoffers, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: stoffers@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Andraz Stozer, PhD

Role: Collaborator

Email: andraz.stozer@um.si

Natasa Strbo, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: nstrbo@umail.miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Philip Streeter, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: streetep@ohsu.edu

Center: Oregon Health & Science University

Lina Sui, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: ls3178@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Dieter Egli

Role on Project: Modeling diabetes with human induced pluripotent stem cells. I am working on the differentiation of pancreatic beta cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells derived from Type I diabetes patients in vitro and transplantation of derived beta cells in vivo for functionality study.

Lori Sussel, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: lgs2@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: University of Colorado, Denver

Farooq Syed, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: fsyed@iupui.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Raghu Mirmira

Role on Project: Focuses on identifying new epigenetic modifications to genes in human β cells, and to develop bio-assays (ddPCR) to detect these modifications in the circulationuses on identifying new epigenetic modifications to genes in human β cells, and to develop bio-assays (ddPCR) to detect these modifications in the circulation

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Alejandro Tamayo-Garcia

Role: Research Staff

Email: atamayogarcia@med.miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

Job Title: Research Associate

Lab: Peter Buchwald

Role on Project: Conduct rodent islet isolations, in vitro quantitative islet assessment assays, and in vivo rodent experiments.

Qizhi Tang, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: Qizhi.Tang@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Naohiro Terada, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: terada@pathology.ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Sarah Tersey, PhD

Role: Research Staff

Email: stersey@iu.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Job Title: Research Associate Professor

Lab: Raghu Mirmira

Role on Project: Manager of the Islet and Translation Cores of the Indiana Diabetes Center, and in the HIRN her work centers on biomarker assay development and standardization.

lance_thiele

Role: Postdoc

Email: lthielen@uab.edu

Roland Tisch, PhD

Role: ESP

Email: roland_tisch@med.unc.edu

Center: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, MD

Role: Investigator

Email: Prashanth.Vallabhajosyula@uphs.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Matthias von Herrath, MD

Role: ESP

Email: matthias@liai.org

Center: La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

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Bridget Wagner, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: bwagner@broadinstitute.org

Center: Broad Institute

Mark Wallet, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: mawallet@pathology.ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

HIRN Investigator

Peng Wang, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: peng.wang@mssm.edu

Center: Mount Sinai Hospital

Xujing Wang, PhD

Role: NIDDK Program Staff

Email: xujing.wang@nih.gov

Center: NIH NIDDK

Clive Wasserfall

Role: Collaborator

Email: clive@uf.edu

Center: University of Florida

Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson, PhD

Role: Collaborator

Email: bobbie-jo.webb-robertson@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ryan White, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: ryan.white@uc.edu

Center: University of Cincinnati

Matthew Wortham, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: mwortham@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California at San Diego

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Maike Sander

Role on Project: Design of conditions to optimize β-cell survival and function in biomimetic devices. Physiological characterization of islets cultured in devices or embedded in extracellular matrix.

Christopher Wright, D Phil

Role: Investigator

Email: chris.wright@vanderbilt.edu

Center: Vanderbilt University

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Guanlu Xu, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: guanlanxu@uabmc.edu

Center: University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Yong-Guang Yang, MD, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: yy2324@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Mingder Yang, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: mdyang@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: nPOD Coordinator

Lab: Mark Atkinson

Role on Project: nPOD liaison

Kisuk Yang, PhD

Role: Postdoc

Email: kisuky@mit.edu

Center: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Jeffrey Karp

Role on Project: Recapitulation of in vivo-like pancreatic islet niches for functional islet differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells.

Christine Yoon

Role: Research Staff

Email: cjyoon@bu.edu

Center: Boston University

Job Title: Graduate Student

Lab: Chris Chen

Role on Project: Bioengineering approaches to controlling vascular interactions and perfusion with parenchymal cells.

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Ken Zaret, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: zaret@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Joe Zhou, PhD

Role: Investigator

Email: qiao_zhou@harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University