Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition Training Program Training Faculty


  Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s)
Research Interests                           
UntermanUnterman, Terry / MD
Professor, Director
Medicine/ Endocrine (Physiology and Biophysics, Kinesiology and Nutrition) Insulin action, gene regulation, metabolism

Fitzgibbon, Marian L/ PhD
Professor, Co-Director

Medicine – Vice Chair for Scholarly Activities, Associate Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy Health risk reduction in minority and underserved populations
Giamila Fantuzzi

Fantuzzi, Giamila / PhD
Professor, Co-Director

Kinesiology and Nutrition, Director of Graduate Studies Obesity, inflammation, adipocyte biology

Basic Research

  Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s)
Research Interest

Alrefai, Waddah / PhD
Associate Professor

Medicine/ Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Lipid and bile acid metabolism, transport and regulation in gut


Bonini, Marcelo G / PhD
Assistant Professor and Director

Medicine/ Cardiology (Pathology and Pharmacology), UIC Oxidative Stress Center

Oxidative stress, cell signaling and inflammation

Scott Brady

Brady, Scott / PhD
Professor and Head

Professor & Department Head in Anatomy and Cell Biology Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Eugene Chang

Chang, Eugene / MD
Martin Boyer Professor

Medicine/ Gastroenterology, Associate Section Chief for Research, University of Chicago GI physiology, microbiota, nutrition, obesity

DiPeitro, Luisa A / PhD
Professor, Director and Assoc Vice Chancellor

Dentistry/ Periodontics; Director, Center for Wound Repair and Regeneration; Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Wound healing, inflammation, regenerative medicine

Pradeep Dudeja
Dudeja, Pradeep / PhD

Medicine/ Gastroenterology and Hepatology Gastrointestinal transport and absorption, liver-gut communication

Fukai, Tohru/ PhD
Associate Professor

Pharmacology and Medicine (Cardiology) Oxidative stress, Diabetes, Endothelial Biology
Nissim Hay

Hay, Nissim / PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Signaling pathways in cancer and metabolic disease
Rhonda Kineman
Kineman, Rhonda / PhD

Associate Professor
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Growth hormone,  liver metabolism, beta cell biology
Timothy Koh

Koh, Timothy / PhD

Kinesiology & Nutrition (Bioengineering) Inflammation and wound healing in diabetes
Irena Levitan

Levitan, Irena / PhD

Medicine/ Pulmonary Cholesterol/ hyperlipidemia, endothelial dysfunction
Douglas Lewandowski

Lewandowski, E. Douglas / PhD
Associate Professor, Director

Physiology and Biophysics; Director, Center for Cardiovascular Research Cardiac metabolism and function
Liew Chong Wee

Liew, Chong Wee / PhD
Assistant Professor

Physiology & Biophysics Adipocyte and beta cell differentiation and biology
Asrar malik

Malik, Asrar B. / PhD
Professor, and Head

Professor & Head, Dept of Pharmacology Endothelial cell barrier function

Minshall, Richard / PhD
Associate Professor

Anesthesiology (Pharmacology) Cell signaling, inflammation and endothelial biology
Nieto, Natalia / PhD

Associate Professor

Pathology Alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, NASH

O’Bryan, John P. / PhD
Associate Professor

Pharmacology Cell signaling, protein-protein interaction

Pelligrino, Dale / PhD

Anesthesiology Cerebrovascular regulation by inflammation and diabetes

Prabhakar, Bellur / PhD
Professor and Head, Associate Dean

Professor & Head, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, and Associate Dean for Research Autoimmune disease, epigenetics in Type 1 diabetes, beta cell function

Song, Zhenyuan / PhD
Associate Professor

Kinesiology and Nutrition Steatosis, alcoholic liver disease and NAFLD, adipocyte biology

Subbaiah, Papasani / PhD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Lipid biology, insulin resistance
Angela Tyner

Tyner, Angela/MD

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Gene regulation and cell growth in liver and gut

Unterman, Terry/MD

Medicine/ Endocrine (Physiology and Biophysics, Kinesiology and Nutrition) PI, Insulin action, gene regulation, metabolism

Ushio-Fukai,  Masuko/PhD
Associate Professor

Pharmacology Oxidative stress, angiogenesis and vasculogenesis

Watanabe, Kieko/PhD
Associate Professor

Dentistry/ Periodontics  (Center for Wound Repair and Tissue Regeneration) Inflammatory pathways and glucose homeostasis in periodontal disease


   Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s) Research Interest 
Elena Barengoltz

Barengolts, Elena / MD

Associate Professor

Medicine/ Endocrinology Clinical research, vitamin D in prediabetes and obesity

Brown, Michael / PhD


Kinesiology and Nutrition Cellular/molecular in endothelial dysfunction in African Americans
Jacob Haus

Haus, Jacob / PhD

Assistant Professor

Kinesiology & Nutrition  (Medicine – Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism) Co-Director, Insulin resistance, muscle metabolism, exercise physiology

Oberholzer, Jose / MD

Professor, Head and Director

Professor of Surgery, Head, Transplant Surgery and Director,UIC Islet Research Laboratory (Bioengineering and Medicine- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism) Human islet transplantation, beta cell proliferation, islet physiology

Phillips, Shane / PhD
Associate Professor

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Medicine Endothelial dysfunction in obesity – human studies

Quinn, Lauretta / MSN, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor

College of Nursing, Biobehavioral Health Science (Kinesiology and Nutrition) Type 1 diabetes, metabolism and management

Varady, Kristina / PhD
Associate Professor

Kinesiology & Nutrition Obesity, nutrition, alternate day modified fasting, cardiovascular risk


  Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s) Research Interest

Daviglus, Martha L / MD, PhD
Professor and Director, Associate Dean

Medicine/ General Internal Medicine, Director, UIC Institute for Minority Health Research, Associate Dean for Research Internal Advisory Committee Cardiovascular risk, quality of life, health care costs, aging, minority health.

Fitzgibbon, Marian L. /PhD
Professor, Chief and Assoc Director

Medicine – Section Chief, Health Promotion Research and Associate Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy Co-Director, Obesity, health risk reduction in underserved populations.

Gerber, Ben / MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Medicine / General Internal Medicine (Health Promotion Research and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism) Health interventions in underserved populations with chronic diseases.

Gordon. Howard / MD

Associate Professor

Medicine / Health Promotion Research Doctor-patient communication, racial disparities in health care; quality of care.

Lash, James / MD


Medicine/ Nephrology Minority health research, hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease.
MarquezMarquez, David / PhD

Assistant Professor

Kinesiology and Nutrition Exercise Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Health disparities among Latinos.

Mermelstein, Robin J. / PhD
Professor and Director

Psychology, and Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy) Health promotion and behavior modification.

Persky, Victoria / MD

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health Epidemiology, public health, POPs and diabetes/ obesity.
Lisa SharpSharp, Lisa K. / PhD

Associate Professor

Medicine – Health Promotion Research Ecological, social, and psychological influences upon inflammatory processes.

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