University of Illinois at Chicago 8th Annual Diabetes and Obesity Research Day
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The 8th annual University of Illinois at Chicago Diabetes and Obesity Research Day was held online on October 13th, 2020. This years Keynote presentation focused on diversity and health disparities in Diabetes. Emerging and Young Investigator awardees presented their research, which was highlighted in a virtual poster session with awards for outstanding posters.

• 12:00 -1:00 PM: Keynote Speaker: Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Assoc Prof, Dept of Nutrition, UIC, “Context Matters”: Implications of Systemic Racism and Income Inequality for Addressing Disparities in Diabetes

• 1:00-1:35 PM: Young Investigator Awardee presentations

• 1:35-2:35 PM: Emerging Invesitgator Awardee presentations

• 2:35 PM: Poster Awards



Keynote Speaker

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is the Associate Director for Research and Education in the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships also at UIC. Her research explores the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and Black/Latinx populations and centers on identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience. Dr. Odoms-Young has over 20 years’ experience partnering with communities to improve nutrition and health and 200+ academic publications, book chapters, and presentations. She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards including the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, the Institute of Medicine committees to develop the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program and to revise the food packages provided in the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Council on Black Health. Locally, Dr. Odoms-Young has been a member of the Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository (previous), American Heart Association Chicago Metro Board (current), and Blacks in Green (current). Dr. Odoms-Young received her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S./PhD in Community Nutrition from Cornell University. Additionally, she completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Odoms-Young served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University in Public Health and Health Education.

Young Investigator Awards
  1. Meng Deng, PhD, Notch-inhibiting Polymeric Nanoparticles to Induce Adipocyte Browning, Dept of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Layfayette, IN
  1. Jose Cordoba-Chacon, PhD, Contribution of Hepatocyte-specific PPARy to the Development of Non-Alcoholic Steatoheaptitis (NASH), Obesity, and Insulin Resistance, Dept of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Emerging Investigator Awards
  1. Abeer Muhamed, MD, PhD, The Epigenetic Mirror: A Reflection of Body Composition, Cardiometabolic Function, and Healthy Living, Dept of Medicine (Endocrinology), University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  1. Judith Simcox, PhD, Discovering Circulating Lipid Biomarkers for Diabetes in African American Populations, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Yuwei Jiang, PhD, Dynamic control of adipose tissue development and adult tissue homeostasis by platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha, Dept of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  1. Wenwen Chen, PhD, NTS neurons that control food intake, Dept of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Poster #11. Mudassir Rashid1, Virtual Patients for Digital Trials of Diabetes Therapies in the Age of AI, 1Illiniois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.

Poster #20. Michaela Murphy1,2,3, Dudley Lamming1,2,3, Identification and design of optimal diets for human health and longevity. 1Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI, 3Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.


Poster #1. Mari C. Vázquez-Borrego1, Mercedes del Río Moreno1, André Sarmento-Cabral1, Mariyah Mahmood1, Michelle Puchowicz2, Papasani V. Subbaiah1, Rhonda D. Kineman1. Evidence that GHR/STAT5b directly suppresses hepatic de novo lipogenesis and steatosis, independent of IGF1. 1Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, University of Illinois at Chicago and Research and Development Division, Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Chicago, IL. 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN. 

Poster #3. Emily Anderson-Baucum1,2,#, Annie  R. Piñeros3,#, Bernhard  Maier2, Abhishek  Kulkarni6, Ryan M. Anderson6, WentingWu1,5, Sarah A. Tersey6, Teresa L. Mastracci4, Isabel Casimiro6, Donalyn Scheuner7, Carmella Evans-Molina1,2,3,4,8*, and Raghavendra G. Mirmira6,* Deoxyhypusine Synthase Promotes a Pro-Inflammatory Macrophage Phenotype. 1Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, and Departments of 2Medicine, 3Pediatrics, 4Biochemistry and Molecular  Biology, and 5Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Kovler Diabetes Center and Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL,  7Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Indianapolis, IN, 8Roudebush VA Medical  Center, Indianapolis, IN. #These authors contributed equally. *Senior authors.

Poster #5. Annie R. Piñeros1, Abhishek Kulkarni2, Hongyu Gao3, Kara S. Orr1, Lindsey Glenn4, Christopher Reissaus1, Marimar Hernadez-Perez1, Yunlong Liu3, Maureen Gannon5, Marcia McDuffie6, Jerry L. Nadler3, Margaret A. Morris4, Raghavendra G. Mirmira2, Sarah A. Tersey2. Islet-Autonomous Inflammatory Signaling Propagates Autoimmunity and Promotes Diabetes in Nonobese Diabetic Mice. 1Herman  B Wells  Center for Pediatric Research, Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases and Department  of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2Section of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, Department  of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 3Department of Molecular Genetics, University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 4Department of Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 5Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 6University  of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 7New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.

Poster #6. ZhenlongChen1, Jacob M. Haus2, Lin Chen3, Tim J. Koh4, Richard D. Minshall1,5. Disruption of CCR10-eNOS Interaction in Endothelial Cells Enhances Angiogenesis and Improves Diabetic Wound Healing. 1Dept of Anesthesiology, 2University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 3Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, 4Dept of Kinesiology and Nutrition, 5Dept of Pharmacology, UIC, Chicago, IL.

Poster #9. Jennifer S. Stancill1, Moujtaba Y. Kasmani2,3, Achia Khatun2,3, Weiguo Cui2,3, and John A. Corbett1. IL-1β promotes protective responses in islet endocrine cells. 1Department of Biochemistry, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 2Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 3Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Poster #12. Alan C. Rupp1, Abigail J. Tomlinson1, Alison H. Affinati1, Sarah R. Lindsley2, Alexander MacKenzie1, David P. Olson3, Paul Kievet2, Martin G. Myers, Jr.1 A conserved dorsomedial hypothalamic population mediates leptin’s control of body weight. 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, OR, 3Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Poster #15. Hui Ye1, Yanlin He2, Lucas Ibrahimi1, Sarah Schaul1, Pei Luo1, Leslie Saenz1, Penghua Lai1, Nirali Patel1, Nick Pope1, Devin Dixit1, Maya Kota1, Pingwen Xu1* Bidirectional regulation of energy homeostasis mediated by estrogen receptor α and β in the medial amygdala. 1The Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge, LA.

Poster #26. Kristen R. Lednovich1, Sophie Gough1, Medha Priyadarshini, PhD1 and Brian T. Layden, MD, PhD1,2. Defining the Role of Intestine-specific FFA2 in Hormonal Secretion. 1Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, 2Jesse Brown Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Chicago, IL.


College of Nursing
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science
The Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center


Please contact Pamela Terrell at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.