News and Events

Lab News

April 2018:  Congratulations to Ms. Alicia Wong for receiving a scholarship from the Department of Biochemstiry and Ms. Elina Chung for a UROP award for fall of 2018!!

March 2018: 

Congratulations to Ms. Tate Zemanovic on her acceptance in Graduate School and to Ms. Alicia Wong for receiving the MSROP funding this summer!!!

February 2018: 

It's official. Notice of Award letters have arrived for both Amber Lockrigde's F31 and our R03 grant! Dr. Eric Gustafson, Ms. An Nguyen and Mr. Ahmad Essawy to join our higly motivated team of researchers committed to find ways to stop Diabetes.

January 2018: 

Happy New Year!! What a great start for the lab! Ms. Amber Lockrigde's F31 and our R03 grant on mTOR signaling in the placenta are slated to be funded!! Congrulations to Ms. Lensa Ali and Niklas Damberg for receiving UROP funding!!

December 2017: 

Ms. Michelle Wasan, our 2016 summer intern will be moving to Minneapolis to be a pharmacy student at UMN, ranked 2nd in the nation!!

October 2017: 

Ms. Nicolle Myers just joined the lab, and we are very excited to have her join our energetic team and the vibrant community of Diabetes and Metabolism group at U of MN.

September 2017:

Dr. Emilyn Alejandro receives a 3-year funding from NIH to study the role of O-linked-N-acetylglucosamine Post-translational Modification in Pancreatic Beta-cells Regulating ER Stress and Mitochondrial Function!!

June 2017:

Ms. Amber Lockridge receives the Young Investigator Award at 2017 Visscher Symposium!!

The lab receives an Updraft grant ($5000) from the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute to assess single cells RNA Seq data from pancreatic and islet progenitors.

New publications: 

Overexpression of kinase-Dead mTOR Impairs Glucose Homeostasis by Regulating Insulin Secretion and Not β-Cell Mass. Diabetes, May 2017

Role of nutrients and mTOR signaling in the regulation of pancreatic progenitors development. Mol Metab, March 2017

May 2017:

Dr. Emilyn Alejandro receives the Midwest Islet Club Meeting AJP Outstanding New Investigator Award!!

April 2017:

Five abstracts accepted for the 10th Annual Midwest Islet Club Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin: Two oral presentations and 3 posters!

March 2017:

Congratulations to Mr. Daniel Baumann for his acceptance to the IBP Graduate Program!!

Ms. Amber Lockridge receives two awards: 1. An NIH Predoctoral Fellowship from the Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT) program. 2. The Lifson/Johnson Memorial Award, which recognizes excellence in physiology teaching by graduate students.

December 2016:

The first publication of the team is now out! A. Lockridge, D. Baumann, B. Akhaphong, A. Abrenica, R. Miller and EU. Alejandro. Serine racemase is expressed in islets and contributes to the regulation of glucose homeostasis. Islets, Accepted, Nov 8. 2016

October 2016:

Dr. Ramkumar Mohan received his Ph.D. from Michigan Technology and joins the team this month.

June 2016:

The team receiveds a grant from Minnesota Foundation to assess the role of OGT in pancreatic beta-cell regeneration!