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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

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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
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
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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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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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.
Associate 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
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
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

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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