Hongxia Ren

Hongxia Ren, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Hongxia Ren, PhD. is an Assistant Professor and a member of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine (IU SOM). 

Dr. Ren graduated with B.S. degree in Biology from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. She received her doctoral degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Her dissertation is titled "Insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling during myogenesis". She did her postdoctoral training with Dr. Accili at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. Dr. She is recipient of a pretigious NIH K99/R00 pathy to independence award and joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 2016.  

Key Publications

Ren H*, Cook JR, Kon N, Accili D*. Gpr17 in AgRP neurons regulates feeding and sensitivity to insulin and leptin. Diabetes. 2015 Nov;64(11):3670-9 (Epub 2015 Jul 15). (* Co-corresponding author)

Ren H, Orozco IJ, Su Y, Suyama S, Gutiérrez-Juárez R, Horvath TL, Wardlaw SL, Plum L, Arancio O, Accili D  FoxO1 Target Gpr17 Activates AgRP Neurons to Regulate Food Intake. Cell. 2012 Jun;149(6):1314-1326.




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Ped-Endocrinology Basic Res
MS 2049 PENB
Indianapolis, IN


Diabetes Endocrinology
Translational Research

Titles & Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
  • Assistant Professor of Stark Neuroscience Research Institute