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Sarah Adkins, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Director, Diabetes Institute
Diabetes Institute
Parks Hall 128, Athens Campus

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Karen Bailey
Karen Bailey, MS
Diabetes Educator
Diabetes Institute
Parks 146, Athens Campus
Fabian Benencia
Fabian Benencia, PhD
Associate Professor, Immunology
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 202C, Athens Campus
Associate Dean, Research and Innovation; Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Research and Grants
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 220B, Athens Campus
Expertise: Obesity, Nutrition, Growth hormone, Adipose tissue, Diabetes, Endocrinology
Associate Professor; Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, DO; Endowed Faculty Fellow in Behavioral Diabetes
Primary Care
Diabetes Institute
Irvine Hall 307, Athens Campus
Expertise: Behavioral diabetes, Psychosocial factors, Diabetes self-care, Qualitative methods
Joseph Bianco
Joseph Bianco, PhD
Assistant Professor
Social Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Heritage Hall 367I, Athens Campus
Lauren Borovicka
Lauren Borovicka, BS
Grants Manager
Community Health Programs and Area Health Education Center
Diabetes Institute
Grosvenor 015, Athens Campus

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Director, Education and Research; Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Primary Care
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
Rural and Underserved Programs
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 126, Athens Campus
Expertise: Education, Educational research, Health literacy, Asset-based community development, Place-based learning, Qualitative r
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Amy E. Chadwick, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies
Diabetes Institute
Schoonover Center 411
Expertise: Persuasion, message design, health communication and environmental communication.
Xiaozhuo Chen
Xiaozhuo Chen, PhD
Associate Professor, Transgenic Systems
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Konneker Research Center 109, Athens Campus
Professor, Associate Director of Nursing Research and Scholarship, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Diabetes Institute
Grover Center E365, Athens Campus
Expertise: Maternal-infant health, lactation, women's health, culture and health
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Robert A. Colvin, PhD
Professor & Chair, Biology, Molecular Cellular Biology
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 112
Expertise: Neuronal mechanisms of zinc homeostasis.
Associate Professor, Microanatomy; Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O.; Endowed Faculty Fellow in Enhanced Metabolic Aging
Biomedical Sciences
Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute
Diabetes Institute
Academic and Research Center 302E, Athens Campus
Expertise: Metabolism, Aging Systems, Muscle Physiology
Karie Cook
Karie Cook, BSN
Director of Operations, Diabetes Institute
Diabetes Institute
Parks 140, Athens Campus
Karen Coschigano
Karen Coschigano, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Molecular/Cellular Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic and Research Center 302D, Athens Campus

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David Drozek
David Drozek, DO
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Specialty Medicine
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
Diabetes Institute
Parks 151, Athens Campus

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K. Jean Forney, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Diabetes Institute
Porter 225
Expertise: Risk and maintenance factors for eating disorders across psychological, social and physiological domains.
Berkeley Franz
Berkeley Franz, PhD
Assistant Professor; Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, DO, Endowed Faculty Fellow in Population Health Science
Social Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 210, Athens Campus

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Jody Gerome
Jody Gerome, DO
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education; Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical Education
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Diabetes Institute
Heritage Hall 383E, Athens Campus
Hollie Goodell 4-2020
Hollie Goodell
Diabetes Navigator
Diabetes Institute
Primary Care
Parks Hall 142, Athens Campus
Director, Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute; Professor, Microbiology
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
Irvine 333, Athens Campus
Expertise: Tropical Diseases, Parasitology, Blood Bank Safety, International Research, Research Capacity Development
Assistant Professor
Primary Care
Diabetes Institute
Irvine Hall 211, Athens Campus
Expertise: Pediatric obesity, Physical activity & physical fitness, Metabolic syndrome, Childhood

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Zelalem Haile
Zelalem Haile, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Dublin
Diabetes Institute
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
Social Medicine
MEB1-450, Dublin Campus
Amber Healy
Amber Healy, DO
Assistant Clinical Professor; Director, Diabetes Fellowship
Specialty Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Heritage Hall 348C, Athens Campus
Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Diabetes Institute
Grover Center E154, Athens Campus
Expertise: Child activity and energy expenditure; prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity

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Sharon Inman
Sharon Inman, PhD
Associate Professor, Renal Physiology; Director, SURF Program
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Heritage Hall 373G, Athens Campus

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Calvin James
Calvin James, PhD
Associate Professor; Interim Director, Diabetes Institute
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Parks Hall 149, Athens Campus

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John Kopchick
John Kopchick, PhD
Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar; Professor, Molecular Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Konneker Research Center 206, Athens Campus
Kumarasamy, Sivarajan 2020
Sivarajan Kumarasamy, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic Research Center 302H, Athens Campus

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Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 202H, Athens Campus
Expertise: Molecular biology, Adipose tissue, Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Physiology
Yang Li
Yang Li, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 346, Athens Campus
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Edward List, PhD
Associate Investigator, Edison Biotechnology Institute
Diabetes Institute
Konneker Research Center 218B
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Jundong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Boimedical Engineering
Diabetes Institute
Stocker 321A
Expertise: Medical image analysis, machine learning, computer vision, human motion detection and classification and shape modeling.
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 302A, Athens Campus
Expertise: Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Behavioral neuroscience, Energy/lipid/glucose homeostasis

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Ramiro Malgor
Ramiro Malgor, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology; Director, Histology Core Facility
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic and Research Center 202B, Athens Campus
Yuanjie Mao
Yuanjie Mao, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Endocrinology
Specialty Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Parks 148, Athens Campus
Professor
Specialty Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Academic and Research Center 302B, Athens Campus
Expertise: Role of chronic inflammation in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and novel therapeutic development
Carole Merckle
Carole Merckle, MSN, RN, DTR, CDE
Assistant Director, Community Health Programs & Area Health Education Center
Community Health Programs and Area Health Education Center
Diabetes Institute
Grosvenor 021, Athens Campus
Nicholas Mezitis
Nicholas Mezitis, MD
Clinical Professor
Specialty Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Parks Hall 147, Athens Campus
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Molly R. Morris, PhD
Professor, Biology
Diabetes Institute
Life Science Bldg 243
Expertise: Sexual selection, variation in female mate preferences and the evolution of alternative reproductive strategies.

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Sonia Michael Najjar
Sonia Michael Najjar, MS, PhD
Professor, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., Endowed Eminent Research Chair
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 331, Athens Campus
Tobie Newberry
Tobie Newberry, CNP, RN
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Community Health Programs and Area Health Education Center
Diabetes Institute
Grosvenor West 004B, Athens Campus
Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Diabetes Institute
Grover Center W356, Athens Campus
Expertise: Community-based participatory research; health inequities related to women's health, mental health and diabetes.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 302C, Athens Campus
Expertise: Expertise: Diabetes, Islets, Low-grade inflammation, Beta-cell failure, Metabolism, Drug discovery

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Nick Okada
Nick Okada, PhD
Associate Lecturer
Pediatrics
Diabetes Institute
Konneker Research Center 206C, Athens Campus
Sherri Oliver
Sherri Oliver, MPA
Executive Director, Community Health Programs and Area Health Education Center
Community Health Programs and Area Health Education Center
Diabetes Institute
Grosvenor 057, Athens Campus

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Lynn Petrik
Lynn Petrik, BSN, RN
Research Nurse
Research and Grants
Clinical and Translational Research Unit
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 236, Athens Campus
Vishwajeet Puri
Vishwajeet Puri, PhD, MS
Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Ralph S. Licklider, D.O., Endowed Professor in Diabetes
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 202D, Athens Campus

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Frank Schwartz
Frank Schwartz, MD
Professor Emeritus of Specialty Medicine
Specialty Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 331, Athens Campus
Vishva Sharma
Vishva Sharma, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Academic & Research Center 267, Athens Campus
Yuriy Slyvka
Yuriy Slyvka, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Instruction
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Heritage Hall 373R, Athens Campus
Cammie Starner
Cammie Starner, RN, BSN
Research Nurse
Research and Grants
Clinical and Translational Research Unit
Diabetes Institute
Irvine 236, Athens Campus

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Jody Van Bibber
Jody Van Bibber
Administrative Specialist
Diabetes Institute
Parks 142, Athens Campus

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Stacy Wright
Stacy Wright, MSN, RN
Outcomes & Resources Manager
Diabetes Institute
Parks 136, Athens Campus
Frances Wymbs
Frances Wymbs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Primary Care
Primary Care
Diabetes Institute
Irvine Hall 212, Athens Campus

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Jennifer Yoder-Clevidence, MS, RDN, LD
Assistant Professor of Instruction, Diabetes Certificate Coordinator
Diabetes Institute
Grover Center E174
Expertise: Chronic disease management, sports nutrition, wellness nutrition, diabetes certificate.