U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sheryl Sato

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-8811
Email: smsato@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Program DirectorNINDS, NIH1998
  • Senior Staff FellowNIDDK, NIH1989-1998
  • Senior Staff FellowNICHD, NIH1987-1989
  • Postdoctoral TrainingThe Johns Hopkins University1983-1987
  • Ph.D.The Johns Hopkins University1983

Current Responsibilities and Activities

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.

​Research Programs

Endocrine Pancreas
The Endocrine Pancreas program supports research on the basic biology, development, and function of the endocrine pancreas as well as clinical studies on islet transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes

Genetic Metabolic Disease
This program supports basic and clinical research that addresses the pathophysiology and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism and rare genetic metabolic diseases, including lipodystrophy, maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY), Primary Hyperoxaluria, systemic amyloidosis and porphyria.

Current Committee Memberships

  • NIDDK Genetics & Genomics Working GroupMember
  • NIDDK Obesity Research Working GroupMember
  • NIDDK Type 1 Diabetes Working GroupMember