Emilyn Alejandro

Integrative Biology and Physiology
Medical School
Twin Cities

Award Year
2021
University Award
McKnight Presidential Fellow Award
Research Title
Fetal origins of obesity and type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common chronic disease affecting about 420 million people worldwide. To stop the vicious cycle of the disease, Emilyn Alejandro’s team combine integrative approaches and using both animal models and human studies to uncover the role of nutrient-sensor protein mTOR and OGT in the placenta and pancreas, to ultimately predict individuals who are at risk for obesity and diabetes and to find ways to increase insulin secretion to improve clinical interventions for patients with diabetes. The team is shedding new light on the fetal origins of pancreatic-β-cell dysfunction, obesity, and diabetes.