Dr. Raghu Mirmira received his bachelor’s, MD, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. He subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine and subspecialty training in diabetes and endocrinology at the University of California at San Francisco.
During his fellowship, Dr. Mirmira did his research training in the laboratory of Michael German, where he studied how insulin-producing beta cells form during development in the embryo. Dr. Mirmira then joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, where he studied transcription factors that direct the development and function of beta cells, including Nkx6.1 and Pdx1.
His research has more recently focused on mechanisms by which inflammation affects the islet beta cell in Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Dr. Mirmira is currently the Eli Lilly Professor in Pediatric Diabetes and Director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Director of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and co-Director of the MD/PhD (MSTP) program at IU School of Medicine.