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Graduated Scholars


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Jennifer Armstrong-Wells, MD, MPH – Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Neurology

Project Title: Biomarkers of inflammation and hypercoagulability in Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (PPROM) as risk factors in perinatal brain injury

Research Areas: Cardiovascular; pregnancy; fetal brain injury; neonatology; neurology
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Laura Brown, MD - Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Neonatology

Project Title:  Functional and structural adaptations of fetal skeletal muscle to nutrient and anabolic hormone deficiencies under conditions of placental insufficiency and IUGR.

Research Areas:  Fetal and neonatal metabolism and growth; intrauterine growth restriction; fetal skeletal muscle development; fetal origins of adult disease.

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Megan Moriarty Kelsey, MD, MS - Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology

Project Title: Health Influences of Puberty (HIP) Study

Research Areas: Obesity and insulin resistance in children and adolescents

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Carrie McCurdy, PhD – Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Neurology


Project Title: Fetal Programming of Skeletal Muscle Metabolism

Research Areas: How maternal obesity during pregnancy influences the programming of fetal mitochondrial metabolism and fuel sensing in skeletal mmuscle. Changes in the fetal environment that reduce skeletal muscle metabolism or fuel sensing are likely to result in an increased risk to the offspring of developing obesity and metabolic complications (e.g.; insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes) in childhood. 

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Irene Schauer, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor Medicine, Endocrinology

Project Title: Impact of acute serum NEFA manipulations on cardiac and exercise function

Research Areas: 1) The role of fatty acid elevation in cardiovascular risk and dysfunction in insulin resistant states 2) sex-based differences in susceptibility to insulin resistance, endothelial dysfunction, and cardiac impairment in response to serum fatty acid elevation and in diabetes.

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Hong Wang, PhD - Assistant Professor Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes

Project Title: The Role of Circadian Rhythm and Behavior Abnormality in the Gender Difference Observed in Obesity Development

Research Areas: Molecular metabolism including the pursuit of mechanisms underlying obesity and disorders of lipid metabolism.