Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases

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.

Applications for Pilot and Feasibility funding for 2020-2021 will open in January 2020.

Previous recipients of Pilot and Feasibility Program funding:

Jamie Felton, MD, assistant research professor of pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
“Hypoxia-Induced Metabolic Reprogramming in Islet-Infiltrating B Cells”

Nana Gletsu Miller, PhD, associate professor, Purdue University
“Reducing Sugar Intake By Substituting Sparkling Water in Adolescents at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes “

Wenting Wu, PhD, assistant research professor of medical and molecular genetics, IU School of Medicine
“Single Cell Transcriptomic Analysis of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells in Individuals with Recent Onset Type 1 Diabetes”

Ashay Bhatwadekar, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, IU School of Medicine
“Sodium-Glucose Transporter-2 Inhibition in Diabetic Retinopathy”

Juhua Luo, MS, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, IU Bloomington
“Lifestyle and Psychosocial Patterns and Diabetes Incidence “

Zhiyong Tan, PhD, assistant research professor of pharmacology and toxicology, IU School of Medicine
“Resurgent Currents in Neuropathic Pain Associated with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy”

Baohua Zhou, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
“FOXP3 Isoforms and Pathogenesis of Type I Diabetes”

Bart Pederson, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, IU School of Medicine
“Does Brain Glycogen Play a Role in Type 3 Diabetes?”

Guoli Dai, PhD, adjunct associate professor, IU School of Medicine
“Placenta-Maternal Liver Axis Modulating Maternal Liver Glucose Production during Pregnancy”

Ashay Bhatwadekar, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, IU School of Medicine
“Modulating Circadian Rhythms to Correct Müller Cell Dysfunction in Diabetic Retinopathy”

David Boone, PhD, associate professor of microbiology & immunology, IU School of Medicine
“A New Role for the Stomach in Control of Obesity”

Dipika Gupta, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, IU School of Medicine
“Role of Innate Immunity in Obesity and Metabolic Disease”

Hongxia Ren, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
“Metabolic Function of Gpr17 in GI Tract”

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”