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Brian T. Layden

Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism


List of Accomplishments/Awards/Honor Heading link


2012-2015: NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program

2012: Central Society for Clinical Research Career Development Award

2012: American Federation for Medical Research Award for Outstanding Research


2010: Larry Jameson Research Award

2007-2010: NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program

2007-2010: Physician Scientist Training Program

Medical School:

2005: UIC Student Research Forum Presentation Award

2001-2005: James Scholar Program for Independent Study

Graduate School:

2000-2001: Dumbach Award, Loyala University of Chicago

2001: PhD with Distinction

Summer 2000: Visiting Scholar at University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

2000-2001: Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship

1999: Sigma Xi, Graduate School Poster Presentation, First Place

1999-2000: Research Assistantship

1998-1999: Teaching Assistantship

1998-2001: Tuition Scholarship

Categories: DOM – Endocrinology – Faculty


Dr. Brian Layden is the Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Division Chief for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The overall theme of his research is understanding metabolic diseases, with a particular focus on gestational diabetes. Currently, he has two main areas of focus. The first is to investigate how novel GPCRs contribute to physiological and pathological states. This project, in particular, focuses on GPCRs that are regulated by nutrients derived from the gut microbiome, in particular, short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), where he and his study team uses multiple approaches, such as metabolomics and genetic mouse models, to understand these relationships, in particular during pregnancy. The other project is on HKDC1, where this gene has been discovered as being linked to gestational diabetes. His study team has described how this gene leads to the development of hyperglycemia in pregnancy and gestational diabetes. Moreover, his study group has been the only group that has published understanding its biological role in pregnancy since its discovery just over five years ago.


Medical School: 2001-2005 University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency: 2005-2007 Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: 2007-2010 Northwestern Memorial Hospital