My colleagues and I have published a new manuscript in Diabetes entitled "Enhanced Glucose Control Following Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Does Not Require a β-Cell Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Receptor". Check it out here.
My abstract "Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) rapidly and weight-independently enhances intrinsic β celltriggering and amplifying pathways for insulin secretion." has been awarded an oral presentation at the upcoming Keystone Symposia Frontiers in Islet Biology and Diabetes.
I was fortunate to collaborate with Frank Huynh and Kristin Anderson on their recent work detailing the molecular function of Sirtuin 4 and its role in insulin secretion. Read more about it here.
The National Institutes of Health and National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease has funded my applications for the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32). The project (1F32DK115031-01) focuses on the role of GIP to promote glucose control after bariatric surgery. Read more about it here.
My abstract "Does Bariatric Surgery Build Better Beta-cells?" has been accepted for an oral presentation at the American Diabetes Associations 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego, June 2017.
My colleagues and I have had a new manuscript entitled "Metabolic stress stimulates leptin A (LepA) in the tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus): Implications for the regulatory interaction between LepA and the hepatosomatic growth axis." in the journal General and Comparative Endocrinology.
My thanks to the organizers of the Keystone Symposia Gastrointestinal Control of Metabolism Symposia (Z6) for not only providing the opportunity to present my work in Copenhagen, but also for the generous Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship to fund my travel. I will be delivering an oral presentation entitled "Increased Glucose-Dependent Insulinotropic Polypeptide (GIP) Secretion and Signaling Improves Beta-Cell Function following Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)."
I was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Fellowship by the Duke Endocrinology and Metabolism Divison to further my research efforts.
I have been accepted to the Duke Scholars in Molecular Medicine program. This year long series of courses and experimental learning is designed to increase my exposure to clinical issues that drive my basic metabolic and physiologic research interests.
The Duke-National University of Singapore Trainee Exchange Program has sponsored my application to spend a month in Singapore furthering my training in the analysis of transcriptional data sets under Dr. Enrico Petretto at the Duke-NUS Centre for Computational Biology.