Lab Members

Our Staff

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Stephanie T. Chung, M.B.B.S., is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist and internist, Lasker Tenure-Track Investigator, Co-Director of Metabolic Research Program at NIDDK and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University. Dr. Chung has over 12 years of experience conducting clinical studies in children and adults with diabetes and obesity. She currently leads a clinical metabolic research program that focuses on improving population-specific risk stratification and management of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease with the goal of reducing health disparities especially in youth and young adults. Her passions include running as well as baking delicious treats for her family and lab.

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Lilian Mabundo, RN, MSN
Research Nurse Specialist

Lilian Mabundo, RN, MSN, is a research nurse in the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity Branch with a master’s degree in Nursing Education. She is lead associate investigator for clinical studies with expertise in conducting metabolic phenotyping using isotope tracers. She assists with the clinical management and education of patients, study implementation and data collection and organization. Outside of lab, she loves spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, exercising, decluttering, and is an avid “foodie.”

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Abby Meyers, M.D.
Special Volunteer, Attending Physician, Divison of Endocrinology, Children’s National Hospital

Abby Meyers, M.D., is a pediatric endocrinologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at The Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. Dr. Meyers completed her research fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver InterInstitute Fellowship Program, NICHD under the mentorship of Dr. Chung. Her research interests include improving the care and treatment of youth with obesity and type 2 diabetes center. She is credentialed and permitted to see patients at both CNMC and NIH.

Our Fellows

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Katrina Dietsche, B.S.
Study Coordinator, Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow
Katrina Dietsche is a second year post-baccalaureate fellow with Dr. Stephanie Chung. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Minnesota with a B.S in cellular physiology and a minor in nutrition. Katrina took a special interest to insulin and insulin signaling when she started studying hormones in high school. Every since, her fascination for both the mechanism and public health impact of diabetes has grown. With Dr. Chung, Katrina is working to understand how gluconeogenesis is impacted in youth with diabetes and the gut microflora's response to metformin. Outside of lab, Katrina enjoys crocheting, doing yoga, and checking out the live music scene in DC.
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Sydney Dixon, B.S.
Study Coordinator, Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow, NAEP

Sydney is a Clinical Study Coordinator in the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity Branch. She graduated from Howard University, with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. With an extensive family history of diabetes, Sydney is a proud member of Dr. Stephanie Chung's lab where her research focuses on Pediatric Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolic disorders. She leads, MIGHTY-Fiber, a pilot study in youth & young adults exploring the effects of supplementing prebiotics with daily metformin use, to mitigate gastrointestinal side effects in youth. Sydney is passionate about reducing health disparities in minority and underserved populations. She has a keen interest in maternal & child health and plans to become an OB/GYN upon completion of her fellowship. When she is not at NIH, she's riding her peloton, playing golf, or watching an action movie. She loves spending time with her loved ones, travel spontaneously, and (safely) doing car karaoke to Hip-Hop/R&B & Rap music!

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Aruba Chowdhurry
Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow

Aruba Chowdhury is a first year IRTA in Dr. Stephanie Chung's NIDDK lab, as well as a clinical coordinator at the NIH Outpatient and Pediatric clinic. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S in Biology and a minor in Public Health. During her time as an undergraduate, she took a special interest to minority health and healthcare disparities. She has participated in multiple observational projects regarding maternal morbidity in the U.S. Aruba's area of research concentration is the early stages of atherosclerosis in minority youth with Type 2 Diabetes. She hopes to study to become a pediatric oncologist upon completion of medical school. Her hobbies include traveling, exploring DC, and painting. She likes going to concerts and trying new foods.

Group Photos

Dr. Chung Presenting the Results from the Federal Women’s Study at the American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Sessions Dr. Chung Presenting the Results from the Federal Women’s Study at the American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Sessions

Chung lab members smiling inside.Chung Group enjoying dinner at American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 82nd Scientific Conference in New Orleans, LA. Left to Right: Nurse Lilian, Sydney, Dr. Chung, Alfredo, Katrina

Katrina holding plaque next to NIH CC representatives.Katrina accepting her SuperSTAR award from NIH CC

Zoom screenshot of Sydney with Dr. Rodgers and other award winners.Sydney posing with Dr. Griffin Rogers & other award winners from the 2022 (virtual) NIDDK 17th Annual Scientific Conference. She won the Speakers Award for her MIGHTY-Fiber poster presentation

Nurse Lilian, Dr. Chung, and Nurse Stagliano smiling outside.Nurse Lilian, Dr. Chung, & Nurse Stagliano smiling & full after enjoying some Jamaican food at the 2022 Chung Lab Retreat at Great Falls National Park

Katrina, Dietician Megan, Alfredo, and Sydney smiling outside.Katrina, Dietician Megan, Alfredo, & Sydney enjoying the views at the 2022 Chung Lab Retreat at Great Falls National Park