Pilot and Feasibility Program

The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Program provides funding for projects that have outstanding potential to open an area of diabetes-related research to both new and established investigators in a diverse scientific disciplines at IU School of Medicine, Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Purdue University. The objective of this program is to foster the development of a community of productive, well-connected investigators whose work leads to advances in the treatment of diabetes and its complications. The P&F Program is directed by Jeffrey Elmendorf, PhD, associate professor of cellular and integrative physiology, biochemistry and microbiology.

Previous recipients of Pilot and Feasibility Program funding:

Brady Atwood, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, IU School of Medicine
“The impact of high fat, high sugar diet on the dorsal striatum: neuronal behavioral consequences”

Nicolas Berbari, PhD, assistant professor of biology, IUPUI
“Conditional loss of Rpgrip1I in hyperphagia and obesity”

Joseph Bidwell, PhD, professor of anatomy and cell biology, IU School of Medicine
“Nmp4 is a novel regulator of beta cell mass and function”

Amelia Linnemann, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
“Dysregulation of islet IL-6 signaling in Type 2 diabetes”

Jacqueline Linnes, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Purdue
“Portable, non-invasive monitor that detects glucose from exhaled breath condensates”

Hongxia Ren, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
“Investigate the peripheral metabolic function of Gpr17”

Gregory Anderson, PhD, associate professor of biology, IUPUI
“Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Infection in Chronic Diabetic Wounds”

Tao Lu, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, IU School of Medicine
“Role or lysine demethylase FBXL11 in Type 2 diabetes”

Emily K. Sims, MD, assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology and diabetology, IU School of Medicine
“Circulating Extracellular Vesicle miRNAs as a biomarker of Type 1 Diabetes Development”

Sherry L. Voytik-Harbin, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering and basic medical science, Purdue
“Engineering and Islet Bioinstructive Microenvironment for Improved Survival, Function, Protection and Delivery”

A.J. Baucum, II, PhD, assistant professor of biology, IUPUI
“The role of spinophilin signaling in pancreatic cell function”

Jie Sun, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and microbiology and immunology, IU School of Medicine
“Obesity and Enhanced Host Susceptibility to Influenza Infection”

Wanqing Liu, PhD, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, Purdue
“Role of FADS1 in human hepatic fat accumulation and treatment”

Chien-Chi Lin, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, IUPUI
“Biomimetic Hydrogel Coating for Enhancing Immuno-isolation of Pancreatic Islet Cells”