My responsibilities include directing research programs in developmental biology. As program officer of the Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC), I manage programs on developmental biology, stem cell biology, and the regeneration of endocrine tissues and organs. I also coordinate research activities within the BCBC, a group that facilitates interdisciplinary approaches to advance our understanding of pancreatic islets. By understanding more about how pancreatic islets develop, regenerate, and function, scientists will be able to develop new treatments for diabetes. The BCBC’s long-term goal is to develop cell-based therapy, or treatments, leading to controlled beta-cell renewal, in order to restore normal insulin production in people with diabetes.
An addition to my DEM duties, I also participate in NIDDK working groups that focus on genetics and genomics, obesity, stem cells, type 1 diabetes, and beta cells.