Research Faculty

The researchers at the center represent a cross section of the UC Irvine campus. From Molecular Biology to Engineering, the research faculty is working to find a cure for diabetes and its complications on multiple fronts.

Ping Wang, MD
Director and Professor of Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, and Experimental Pathology
Molecular mechanisms of diabetes and related metabolic disorders

Bogi Andersen, MD
Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry
The effect of food intake, metabolism and circadian clock on epidermal stem cells

Bruce Blumberg, PhD
Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Environmental hormone and metabolic disorders

Dr. Steven Chessler, MD PhD
Associate of Professor of Medicine
Islet cell biology

Dan Cooper, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Exercise physiology and human obesity

Peter Donovan, PhD
Professor, Biological Chemistry and Developmental & Cell Biology
Stem cell biology

Sheldon Greenfield, MD
Professor of Medicine
Health policy on diabetes care

Hirohito Ishii, MD PhD
Professor of Surgery
Pancreas and islet cell transplantation

Sherrie Kaplan, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean, Community Health and General Internal Medicine
Disparity of diabetes care in minority populations

Jonathan Lakey, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery and biomedical engineering
Islet cell transplantation

Jogeshwar Mukherjee, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Non-invasive imaging islet cell mass

Ninh Nguyen, MD
Professor of Surgery
Bariatric surgery

Daniele Piomelli, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology
Discovery of new compounds for regulation of appetite and obesity

Paolo Sassone-Corsi, PhD
Professor of Biological Chemistry
Circadian regulation of metabolism

Qin Yang, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics
Molecular drug targets for controlling obesity