Investigator Profile: Sangeeta Dhawan
Project: Targeting DNA Hydroxymethylation to Promote Human Beta Cell Function
HIRN New Investigator Award Recipient
►Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?
I grew up in India in the city of Amritsar, a historical town in the northern part of country. I also had the opportunity to live in different parts of the country for my studies, which turned out to be a wonderful and very enriching experience. I did my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biochemistry at the University of Delhi, in the capital city of New Delhi, India. I completed my PhD in molecular and developmental biology at the Indian Institute of Science, in the beautiful city of Bangalore, India.
►What is your current position?
I am an assistant professor with the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute at Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope.
► What do you hope to achieve with your research?
We hope to identify the mechanisms that determine functional beta cell mass and its adaptation to changing environment, and determine how these mechanisms are disrupted diabetes pathogenesis.
► What groups are you involved with?
Network of Pancreatic Organ Donors (nPOD)
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?
Photography, reading, writing, and cooking.