Faculty

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Harlan David M. Harlan, MD
 Chief, Diabetes Division, Department of Medicine
 Co-Director, Diabetes Center of Excellence 
 William & Doris Krupp Professor of Medicine
 University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical  Center
 Clinical Profile
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Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina 1980

Residency
Duke University Medical Center

Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center (Endocrinology)           

Interests
Tolerance mechanisms and organ/tissue transplantation, autoimmune illnesses, especially insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, human beta cell biology, improving diabetes care delivery systems

Greiner Dale L. Greiner, PhD

 Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
 Co-Director, Diabetes Center of Excellence
 Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman
 Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research Professor

 Academic Profile

Education
University of Iowa, Bachelor of Science and Medical Technology Degree
1978

Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT

Interests
Novel approaches for identifying the cause of human disease, including transplantation, autoimmune diabetes and cancers, using a unique model system termed “humanized” mice that permits the study of functional human cells and tissues without putting patients at risk.

Ali
 Asem K. Ali, MD

 Assitant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine

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Medical School
Omdurman Islamic University, Omdurman, Sudan 2000

Residency
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Fellowship
National Institutes of Health (Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism)

Interests
Adipose tissue regulation in diabetes

Alonso Laura C. Alonso, MD

 Associate Professor of Medicine
 Director, Beta Cell Biological Studies

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Medical School
University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Philadelphia, PA 1998

Residency
University of Chicago (Internal Medicine)

Fellowships
University of Chicago (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
New York University (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
Rockefeller University (Research)

Interests
Beta cell mass and proliferation, clinical care in diabetes and endocrinology

Bortell
 Rita B. Bortell, PhD

 Associate Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine

 Academic Profile

Education
University of Florida College of Medicine
PhD, 1987

Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Interests
Pancreatic beta cell dysfunction, ER stress, humanized mice, virus-induced mouse model of autoimmune type 1 diabetes, survival and function of human beta cell transplants

Brehm Michael A. Brehm, PhD

 Associate Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
 

 Academic Profile

Education
Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. 1999

Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Interests
Human immune responses to infectious agents and transplanted non-self tissues, humanized mouse models

Domalik Leslie J. Domalik, MD

 Medical Director, Diabetes Inpatient Service, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Medical School
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1986 

Residency
Duke University Medical Center

Fellowships
Duke University Medical Center (Endocrinology)

Interests
Adult Endocrinology, Diabetes

Elias
 Heather L. Elias, MD

 Assistant Professorof Medicine

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Medical School
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, VT 2004

Residency
Lahey Clinic

Fellowship
Lahey Clinic (Endocrinology)

Interests
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes management, neuroendocrinology

Haas
 Richard A. Haas, MD

 Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Medical School
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 1977

Residency
Mount Sinai Medical Center
University Health Center of Pittsburgh

Fellowship
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (Endocrinology) 

Interests
Type 1 and 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, lipid disorders, throid disease

Jurczyk 
 Agata Jurczyk, PhD

 Instructor, Program in Molecular Medicine

 Academic Profile

Education
University of Massachusetts Medical School (Ph.D. in Cell Biology)
Worcester, Massachusetts 2004

Fellowship
University of Massachusetts Medical School
2004-2009

Interests
Mechanisms of insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells, role of pericentrin in insulin storage and secretion, role of centrosome and cilia defects in development of diabetes

Kent
 Sally. C. Kent, PhD

 Assistant Professor of Medicine

 Academic Profile


Education
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
PhD, 1991

Fellowships
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1991-1993

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 1993-1997

Interests
Autoreactive lymphocytes in peripheral blood, spleen, pancreatic draining lymph nodes and islets in human Type 1 diabetes with an emphasis on monitoring these characteristics during therapeutic interventions.

MacGregor
 Kristin L. MacGregor, PhD

 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Education
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 2012

Fellowship
Edith Nouse Rogers Memorial Veterans Medical Center (Behavioral Medicine)

Maehr
 Ren
é Maehr, PhD

 Assistant Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine

 Academic Profile

Education
Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, PhD 2005

Fellowship
Harvard University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Interests
Human pluripotent stem cells to understand development and immune syndromes in vitro and in humanized mouse systems.

Malkani Samir Malkani, MD

 Outreach Director, Adult Diabetes Clinic and
 Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

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Medical School
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India 1989

Residency
Griffin Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine

Fellowship
UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Graduate Medical Education (Diabetes, Endocrinology)

Interests
Diabetes mellitus


Messina 
 Louis M. Messina, MD

 Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, UMass Memorial Medical Center
 Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School
 Vice Chair, General Surgery, UMass Memorial Medical Center

 Clinical Profile
Academic Profile

Medical School
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY 1978

Residency
University of California at San Francisco

Fellowship
University of California at San Francisco (Vascular Surgery)

Interests
Hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells in the blood flow recovery and wound healing in a type II diabetes model, with a focus on the consequences of oxidant stress intrinsic to this disease state on stem cell function and fate; aortic graft infections, carotid artery disease, complex aortic disease, intermittent claudication and critical limb ischemia, pediatric vascular disease, redo aortic reconstructions, renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease, thoracic outlet syndrome (venous, neurogenic, arterial), thoracoabdominal aneurysms

Niemi
 Matthew A. Niemi, MD

 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology

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Medical School
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA 2009

Residency
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Fellowship
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Nephrology)

Interests
Diabetic kidney disease, kidney donation, kidney stones

Thompson Michael Thompson, MD

 Chief, Adult Diabetes Clinical Research
 Clinical Professor of Medicine

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Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA 1986

Resdiency
UMass Memorial Medical Center - UMass Graduate Medical Education

Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center (Endocrinology/Diabetes & Metabolism)

Interests
Development of new diabetes treatment approaches and clinical care in diabetes

Tie
 Guodong Tie, PhD

 Research Instructor in Surgery

 Academic Profile


Education
Gansu Agricultural University
China, 2000

Fellowships
French National Research Center of Sciences, Paris, France, Visiting Scholar
University of California, San Francisco, CA
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Interests
Mechanisms by which hypercholesterolemia impairs immunosurveillance against colon cancer by lineage priming of hematopoietic stem cells.

Xu

 Ping Xu, MD, PhD 

 Instructor, Program in Molecular Medicine

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Education
Kyushu University School of Medicine
Fukuoka, Japan, 1998

Fellowships
Kyushu University School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Interests
Modeling autoimmune diseases using pluripotent stem cells. Regulatory mechanisms of thymus development and organogenesis.

 

Yan
 Jinglian Yan, PhD

 Assitant Professor in Surgery

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Education
Gansu Agricultural University, China, 2000, PhD

Fellowships
University of California, San Francisco, CA
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Interests
Type 2 diabetes induced dysfunction of hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells in the condition of dysinflammation and peripheral vascular disease.

 
 Chaoxing Yang, PhD

 Instructor, Program in Molecular Medicine

 Academic Profile

Education
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York PhD

Fellowships
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

University of Nottingham, UK

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Interests
Development of non-invasive screening systems for early identification of children at risk for type 1 diabetes and to develop and validate effective prevention strategies using a robust virus inducible type 1 diabetes animal model.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jenny Aurielle B. Babon, PhD
David M. Blodgett, PhD
Alexandra Grella, PhD
Erica Hennessy, PhD
Laurie Kenney, PhD
Yahui Kong, PhD
Mohan Parsi, PhD
Rohit Sharma, PhD
Nicole Walsh, PhD

PhD Students

Ken-Edwin Aryee, BS
Philip Durost, BS
Ryan M. J. Genga, BS
Sonal Jangalwe, BS
Nicola A. Kearns, BS

Senior Research Associates

Laurence Covassin, PhD
Lyne Khair, PhD
Sambra Redick, PhD

Research Associates

Micheal Bates, BS
Megan DeNicola, BS
Meghan Dolan, BS
Elena Filippova, BS
K. C. Firebaugh, BS
Brian Gablaski, BS
Jaime Kady, BS
Yahui Kang, BS
Linda Leehy, BS
Emily Newcomb, BS
Linda Paquin, BS
Hannah Pham, BS
Darcy Reil, BS
Pam St. Louis, BS

Administrative Staff

Patricia Cannon, Executive Secretary to the Chair
Jenna Gerrish, Grant & Contract Specialist I
Susan Graceffa, Administrative Assistant
Lisa Hubacz, Academic Administrator I

Clinical Staff
Diabetes Clinic

Victoria Andersen, RD
Yancy Barney, PCA
Patricia Bonsignore, RN,  Manager Diabetes Education Program
Susan Boutiette, Sr. Medical Secretary
Kelly Buniowski, PCA
Dianne Carter, NP, CDE
Sharon Chan, CDE
Sean Collins, NP, PhD
Marie Faucher, PCA
Maura Fox, Clinical Research Assistant
Christine Hoogasian, NP
Lisa Hubacz, Operations Supervisor
Christina Kruger, RN, RD, CDE
Nafisah Lamptey, Sr. Medical Secretary
Susan Miller, RD, CDE
Melissa Morin, LPN
Nancy Morris, NP
Paula Pelletier, Sr. Medical Secretary
Marjorie Pickring, LPN
Nancy Sidman, NP
Cali Teseno, PCA
Cynthia Ten, Ambulatory Service Rep.
Tara Savage, Ambulatory Service Rep.
Jessin Varghese, MSN, NP
Elaine Wrubel, Clinic Supervisor
Paula Yockel, Sr. Medical Secretary

 

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