I serve as senior advisor for cell biology and associate director for grants administration. I manage a basic cell biology research portfolio that includes studies on protein trafficking, protein misfolding, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and lysosomal storage diseases. I also manage a second grant portfolio focused on the life cycle of the adipocyte and fat tissue biology. A better understanding of basic cellular functions in health and disease will enable scientists to develop improved treatments for conditions such as lipodystrophy, obesity, and diabetes.
I also coordinate the Division’s NIDDK Advisory Council activities and work with other units in the NIDDK to coordinate the Division’s expenditure of funds. I participate in several NIDDK working groups, including those focused on obesity, translation, council operations, and training and career development.