News and Events

Lab News

February 2019: Congratulations to Mr. Seokwon Jo for his acceptance to the Graduate Program of the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UMN!!!

January 2019: Dr. Emilyn Alejandro was named a 2019-2021 McKnight Land-Grant Professor last week in an announcement by the University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.  

December 2018:  Dr. Alejandro wrote her first commentary! Males require estrogen signaling too: Sexual dimorphism in the regulation of nuclear ER- alpha on glucose homeostasis.  Diabetes, Accepted, 2018.

November 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Samantha Pritchard on receiving an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Grant.

October 2018: Congratulations to Akhaphong et al, Placental Ischemia Causes Loss of Pancreatic Beta Cell but Normal Function in Fetal Rat Offspring. American      Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology . Accepted, 2018.

September 2018: Congratulations to the team for two review articles accepted: Mohan et al, Fetal undernutrition, placental insufficiency and pancreatic β-cell development programming in utero American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology . Hart et al, Nutrient Sensor Signaling Pathways and Cellular Stress in Fetal Growth Restriction. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology.

June 2018: Congratulations to the lab for receiving our first R01 and to Mr. Brian Akhaphong for receiving a supplement for diversity award!!!

May 2018: Congratulations to Ms. Amber Lockridge for receiving the  Steer Family Award in Diabetes Research (G/S). This award is presented for outstanding research by a graduate in the field of diabetes mellitus

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 Ms. 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!