Dr. Xavier Revelo is an Assistant Professor in the Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) Department at the University of Minnesota in the Medical School. Xavier obtained a B.S. from Zamorano University, a M.S. from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. In 2012, Xavier moved to Toronto-Canada to complete his postdoctoral training in Immunometabolism at the University Health Network as a member of the University of Toronto Banting and Best Diabetes Center. Xavier joined the IBP Department in March of 2018 where his research program focuses on the role of the immune system on metabolic disease. Xavier is an avid long distance runner who trains year-round for the marathon distance.
Jamie Maertens, Lab manager - Jamie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Psychology. Prior to joining the Revelo Lab, Jamie worked on research projects in the fields of Pharmacology and Behavioral Neuroscience, with a focus on animal models of addiction. Outside the lab, Jamie enjoys playing music, knitting, and long, rambling walks with no particular destination.
Fanta Barrow, Researcher - Fanta completed her Bachelor's degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she studied Biochemistry Biotechnology. She is passionate about metabolic disease research and how new findings can be used to develop therapies. Fanta's long term goal is to solidify herself as a researcher before going off to graduate school. Outside of the lab, she loves dancing, watching Korean dramas, collecting memories for her memory book and compiling silly pictures of her friends.
Sheida Etehadasnaf, Researcher - Prior to joining the Revelo Lab, Sheida was a visiting scholar in Dr. Christopher Burlak laboratory where she focused on diabetes research. Sheida earned her Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from Iran's Islamic Azad University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the North Tehran Branch of the same university. Sheida is interested in expanding her skills and understanding how findings in biomedical research can be translated to therapies. Sheida enjoys sports such as skating, swimming, soccer, and mountain climbing when she isn't in the lab.