The Diabetes Seminar Series is a weekly forum for trainees and faculty to present their research with the goal of stimulating new ideas and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. Also featuring regional, national and international distinguished speakers, this seminar series provides the greater science community to present their most cutting-edge research in an informal and invigorating setting. Every Friday at noon on the Parnassus campus with complimentary lunch.





May 24, 2024

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Viana Pham, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley, Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology at Allison Xu Lab, UCSF Diabetes Center


May 17, 2024

"Development of Non-Animal Models for Diabetes utilizing Microphysiological Systems and Computational Frameworks"

Ishan Goswami PhD, Postdoc, Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley


May 10, 2024

"Investigating a role for Apolipoprotein E in hypothalamic microglial function and hypothalamic regulation of metabolism"

Andrew Folick MD PhD, Clinical Instructor, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital


May 3, 2024

"Elucidating pancreatic endocrine cell fate determination using multi-omic approaches"

Xinkai Yao, Junior Specialist, Sneddon Lab


April 26, 2024

"Modulating Regulatory T Cells using Precision Biomaterials"

Pierce Hadley, MD-PhD Student, UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Tang and Desai Labs


April 25, 2024

"Gut Matters: Type 1 Diabetes, Obesity and Therapeutic Insights"

Heba Ismail MD PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine


April 19, 2024

"Multiplexed Error-Robust Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (MERFISH)"

David Castaneda-Castellanos MD PhD, Vizgen Biotechnology



April 5, 2024 - Joint Seminar with Stanford

“In pursuit of therapies to treat diabetes: from small molecules to single-cell transcriptomic analysis”

Adolfo Garcia-Ocaña PhD, Chair, Department of Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology, City of Hope


March 15, 2024

"Agonistic effect of alefacept on TIGIT+PD1+ effector memory CD4 T cells in new-onset type 1 diabetes"

Lauren Higdon PhD, Director of Biomarker & Discovery Research, Immune Tolerance Network & Diabetes Center


March 8, 2024

"The role of fat-cartilage crosstalk in osteoarthritis pain"

Kellsey Collins PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


March 1, 2024

"A shRNA screen in primary human beta cells identifies the serotonin 1F receptor as a negative regulator of survival during transplant"

Rebecca Arwyn Lee PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Gregory Ku Lab


February 23, 2024

"Accurate, general, and efficient variant effect prediction with large language models of protein sequences"

Nadav Brandes PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Jimmie Ye Lab, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics


February 16, 2024

"Proteomic correlates of function and a cellular state in primary and stem-cell derived beta cells"

James D. Johnson PhD, Professor, Cellular and Physiological Sciences; Director, Life Sciences Institute; University of British Columbia, Canada


February 9, 2024

"New Player in Feeding Regulation"

Tomas Bachor PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Xu Lab


January 26, 2024

"Towards Precision Medicine for Type 1 Diabetes"

Kristen Lavelle MD, Endocrinology Fellow, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, German Lab


January 19, 2024

"Aire expressing tumor associated macrophages promote cancer immune evasion" 

Matthew Arvedson, Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences, Gardner Lab


January 11, 2024

"Diabetic Neuropathies: Seeking a Path to Disease Modification"

Rodica Pop-Busui MD PhD, Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine, Director of Clinical Research, Diabetes, University of Michigan




December 8, 2023

"Hunting for needles in the hypothalamus haystack: genomic characterization of MC4R neurons and implications for body weight control"

Francois Mifsud MD, Clinical Fellow, Vaisse Lab


December 1, 2023 - Joint Seminar with Stanford

"A beta-cell journey: from birth to disease"

Aimee Bastidas Ponce, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Gloyn Lab, Stanford University


November 17, 2023

"Thymus Epithelial Organization and Function in the Mimetic Era"

Corey Miller MD PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anderson Lab


October 27, 2023

"Cell Specific Impacts of Hepatic ER stress Sensing on Obesity-Driven Metabolic Disruption"

Lulu Li, Graduate Student, Metabolic Biology, UC Berkeley at Koliwad Lab, UCSF Diabetes Center


October 12, 2023

"Establishing hPSC-derived models to study cell type specific metabolic stress"

Homa Majd PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cellular Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF


October 2, 2023

"Regulation of energy metabolism through privileged mRNA translation"

Phillip Dumesic PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School


September 26, 2023

"Making sense of the internal senses: a multidimensional coding architecture of the vagal interoceptive system"

Qiancheng Zhao PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University


September 22, 2023 - Joint with Stanford

"The role of paracrine interaction in the beta cell networks"

Vira Kravets PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego


September 11, 2023

“The role of microglia as hypothalamic regulators of metabolic homeostasis”

Martin Valdearcos PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCSF Diabetes Center


June 14, 2023

"Deciphering mechanisms of beta cell development and regeneration"

Heiko Lickert PhD, Director, Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research (IDR), Helmholtz Munich & Professor and Chair of Beta Cell Biology, Technical University Munich (TUM)


May 26, 2023

"CRISPR gene editing in primary human islet cells"

Romina Bevacqua PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


May 19, 2023

"Tracking cell interactions using intercellular barcode transfer"

Neil Tay PhD, Postdoc, McManus Lab


May 12, 2023

"Modeling Rare, Genetic Bone Diseases to Uncover the Role of Gs-GPCR and BMP Signaling in Mesenchymal Tissue Function"

Kelly Wentworth MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF Medical Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital


May 5, 2023

"Integrating Disparate Approaches in Immunotherapy Induced Endocrinopathies"

Zoe Quandt MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF Medical Center


"Single-Cell Multi-Omic Roadmap of Human Fetal Pancreatic Development"

Sean de la O, Graduate Student, Sneddon & Knox Labs, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology


April 21, 2023

"The kidney regulates food intake and body weight"

Tony K.T. Lam PhD, Associate Director of Research, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto


April 14, 2023

"Overcoming the Challenges of Graft Hypoxia: Lessons from Pancreatic Islet Transplantations"

Hirotake Komatsu MD PhD, Assistant Professor, Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics, Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, City of Hope, Los Angeles CA


March 24, 2023

"Designing immune evasion strategies to protect stem cell-derived beta cells from immune destruction"

Audrey Parent PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor, Diabetes Center



March 10, 2023

"Modeling Type 1 Diabetes using stem cells and genetic engineering""

Roberto Gutierrez, Graduate Student, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Florida, Gainesville FL



February 24, 2023

"Cell-environment interactions during tissue maturation and disease"

Haiting Ma PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute, MIT


February 17, 2023

"Decoding regulatory T cell identity to inform better regulatory T cell therapies"

Jennifer Umhoefer, Graduate Student, Marson Lab, Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology


February 10, 2023

“Uncovering the mechanism of lysine beta-hydroxybutyrlation”

Emily Goldberg PhD, Assistant Professor, Physiology


February 3, 2023 - Joint Seminar with Stanford

"Integrated functional imaging of islet communication"

Mark Huising PhD, Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California Davis


January 27, 2023

"Aire-dependent Insulin-reactive clones in NOD T1D"

Jennifer Smith PhD, Anderson Lab, Diabetes Center


January 20, 2023

"Extrathymic Aire-expressing cells support maternal-fetal tolerance"

Hong Sun PhD, Gardner Lab, Department of Surgery and Diabetes Center


January 13, 2023

"High-fat diet regimes alter pathophysiology in inflammatory skin disease"

Zewen (Owen) Jiang, Graduate Student, Krummel & Bapat Labs, Department of Pathology and Diabetes Center



December 9, 2022

"Technologies to clonally track and measure engineered T cells"

Daniel Goodman PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Roybal Lab, Microbiology and Immunology 


December 2, 2022 - Joint with Stanford

"Sox9 regulates alternative splicing and pancreatic beta cell function"

Hasna Maachi, PhD Postdoc, Hebrok lab


November 18, 2022

"Engineering Synthetic Suppressor Cells for Targeted Immune Suppression"

Nish Reddy, Graduate Student, Integrative Program in Quantitative Biology, Lim Lab, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF


November 4, 2022 - Joint with Stanford

"Imaging islet vascular remodeling to track Type1 Diabetes development”

Richard Benniger PhD, Associate Professor, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center


October 28, 2022

"Parathyroid Transplantation to Improve Islet Engraftment"

Yani Peng, Visiting Graduate Student, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University at Tang lab


October 21, 2022 - Distinguished Speaker in Diabetes Research

"Islet Autoimmunity and Avenues for Prevention"

Anette-Gabriele Ziegler PhD, Director, Helmholtz Munich Institute of Diabetes Research, Germany


October 14, 2022

"Enhancing regulatory T cell therapy using an orthogonal IL2 system to restore immune tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes"

Alyssa Indart, Graduate Student, Tang lab


October 7, 2022 - Joint with Stanford 

"Loss of the Transcription Factor RREB1 Reduces Cellular Insulin Content and Alters Gene Expression in Pancreatic Beta Cells"

Nicole Krentz PhD, Postdoc, Gloyn Lab, Stanford


September 30, 2022

"Development of IRE1α modulators to spare ER-stressed beta cells in diabetes"

Luka Suzuki, MD, PhD, Postdoc, Papa Lab


September 23, 2022 

"Investigating mechanisms of Type 2 Diabetes in the liver: an iPSC-based microphysiological approach"

Marko Groeger PhD, Postdoc, Willenbring Lab, Department of Surgery 


September, 16, 2022

"Recovery of Invariant natural killer T-cells to eliminate senescence in the HFD mice" 

Yao Wang PhD, Postdoc, Bhushan Lab


September 9, 2022

"Engineering white adipose tissue to treat obesity”

Hai Nguyen PhD, Postdoc, Ahituv Lab, Department of Bioengineering, UCSF


May 27, 2022

"Short-term expression of MAFAWT or mutant MAFAS64F enhances glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from stem cell-derived ​beta cells"

Veronica Cochrane, PhD, Postdoc, Hebrok Lab


May 20, 2022

"Extrathymic Aire-Expressing Cells in Immune Tolerance"

Jay Gardner, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Diabetes Center & Department of Surgery


May 13, 2022

"Developing Islet Antigen-Specific Tregs for Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes”

Emilie Ronin PhD, Postdoc, Tang Lab


May 6, 2022 - Joint Seminar with Stanford

"Beta Cell and Immune Cell Interactions in Type 1 Diabetes: The SKAP2 Story"

Chester Chamberlain PhD, Assistant Researcher, German lab


April 29, 2022

"Extrathymic Aire-Expressing Cells as Inducers of Immune Tolerance"

Alexander Gupta MD, Resident, Gardner Lab


April 22, 2022 - Invited Professor

“Enhancing cell replacement therapy in T1D using biomaterials for manufacturing, transplantation, and immune protection"

Lonnie Shea PhD, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan


April 15, 2022

"Biomimetic platform for Beta Cell Replacement Therapy to Treat T1 Diabetes"

Bhushan Kharbikar PhD, Postdoc, Desai Lab


April 8, 2022

"Developing a Robust Immunologic Self-Representation Score for scRNAseq Analysis"

Joe Germino, Graduate student, Gardner & Ntranos Labs


April 1, 2022 - Visiting Professor, Joint Seminar with Stanford

"Pathogenetic implications of proinsulin mishandling"

Thomas Mandrup-Poulsen PhD, Professor, Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen


March 18, 2022

"A New Player in Feeding Regulation"

Tomas Bachor PhD, Postdoc, Xu lab


March 11, 2022

"Insights into Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Induced Endocrinopathies"

Zoe Quandt MD, Clinical Fellow, Anderson lab


February 25, 2022

"Elucidating Inflammation-induced Cell Fate Decisions in Primary Human Tregs"

Patrick Ho PhD, Postdoc, Tang Lab


February 18, 2022

"Primary cilia of Melanocortin-4 Receptor Neurons Regulates Body Weight"

Annie Yue, Graduate Student, Vaisse Lab


February 11, 2022 - Distinguished Speaker in Diabetes

"Deciphering Mechanisms of ß-Cell Development, Heterogeneity and Regeneration"

Heiko Lickert PhD, Director, Institute for Diabetes and Regeneration, Helmholtz Munich


January 28, 2022

"A tale of two APCs: MHCII-mediated antigen presentation by thymic stromal cells enforces central T-cell tolerance"

Irina Proekt, PhD, Postdoc, Anderson Lab


January 21, 2022

"Triporter - A novel multi-reporter transgenic mouse to track gene editing"

Wilson Poon PhD, Postdoc, McManus Lab 


January 14, 2022 - Distinguished Speaker in Diabetes Research

"Engineering Regulatory T cells for tolerance"

Megan Levings PhD, Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of British Columbia




November 19, 2021

"Osteocytic coordination of systemic energy balance and bone quality"

Tamara Alliston PhD, Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF


November 12, 2021

“Beta cell senescence in Type 1 Diabetes: Lessons from culture models”

Peter Thompson PhD, Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba


October 29, 2021 

“Tectonics of the foregut-midgut junction”

David Scheel, Specialist, German lab


October 22, 2021 - Distinguished Speakers in Diabetes

“The new biology of beta cell failure”

Domenico Accili MD, Director, Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center, Columbia University


October 8, 2021

“Cell-interaction based CRISPR screening using intercellular barcode transfer”

 Neil Tay PhD, Postdoc, McManus lab


October 1, 2021

“Building an Implantable Bio-Artificial Pancreas”

Shuvo Roy PhD, Professor, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS)


September 24, 2021

"Single-Cell Multiomics Defines Tolerogenic Extrathymic Aire-Expressing Populations with Unique Homology to Thymic Epithelium"

Jiaxi Wang, Graduate Student, Gardner Lab 


September 17, 2021

"Hypothalamic aging and metabolic impairment"

Viana Pham, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology at Xu lab


September 10, 2021

"100 years of Insulin"

Mike German MD, Professor, Diabetes Center 


June 3, 2021

"Clic-like chloride channel-1 (Clcc1) regulates insulin secretion in beta cells"

Yaohuan Zhang, Graduate Student, Ku lab


May 20, 2021

"Development of a scalable method for production and purification of beta cells with enhanced function"

Sudipta Ashe PhD, Postdoc, Hebrok lab


May 13, 2021

"New perspective on the leptin-Melanocortin system: MC4R regulation of energy homeostasis depends on neuronal primary cilia"

Adelaide Bernard, Graduate student, Metabolic Biology, UC Berkeley, at Vaisse lab


May 6, 2021

"Tuning the immune response to senescent beta cells"

Anil Bhushan PhD, Professor, Diabetes Center


April 29, 2021

"Maturation of Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells"

Holger Russ PhD, Assistant Professor, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, University of Colorado Denver


March 25, 2021

"Illuminating the dark druggable genome"

Olga Gulyaeva PhD, Postdoc, McManus Lab


March 11, 2021

"Towards Precision Genetics for Type 1 Diabetes"

Chester Chamberlain PhD, Assistant Researcher, German lab


March 4, 2021

"Crossing the valley of death - translating discoveries into therapies for T1D"

Qizhi Tang PhD, Professor, Department of Surgery


February 25, 2021

"CNS Circuits in Regulation of Satiety"

Allison Xu PhD, Professor, Diabetes Center


February 18, 2021

"Systematic discovery and perturbation of regulatory genes in human T cells reveals the architecture of immune networks"

Jacob Freimer PhD, Postdoc, Marson lab (joint postdoc with Pritchard lab, Stanford)


February 4, 2021

"Designing the next generation of chimeric antigen receptors for regulatory T cell therapy"

Leonardo Ferreira PhD, Postdoc, Bluestone lab


January 14, 2021

"Utilizing syngeneic NOD tumor models to profile anti-tumor immunity and immunotoxicity"

Arabella Young PhD, Postdoc, Bluestone Lab


December 17, 2020

"Isoform-level single cell analysis with Transcript Compatibility Counts"

Vasilis Ntranos PhD, Assistant Professor, Bioinformatics, Diabetes Center


December 10, 2020

"Investigating the Role of the Mitochondrial Iron-Sulfur Cluster Protein BOLA3 in Beta Cell Metabolism and Function"

Natanya Kerper, Graduate Student, Hebrok Lab


December 3, 2020

"Exploring the CAR co-stimulation landscape: Pooled screening of CAR-T variants identifies novel signaling domains for next-generation immunotherapies"

Daniel Goodman, PhD, Postdoc, Bluestone lab (co-advised by Alex Marson and Kole Roybal)


November 19, 2020

"Single-cell transcriptional profiling of the human thymic stroma uncovers novel cellular heterogeneity in the thymic medulla"

Audrey Parent PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Diabetes Center


November 12, 2020

"Microglia Mediate Neonatal Weight Gain and Early-Life Programming of Adult Glucose Control"

Martin Valdearcos PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Diabetes Center


October 22, 2020

"Single cell resolution of homeostatic murine pancreatic duct heterogeneity"

Audrey Hendley PhD, Postdoc, Weaver lab


October 15, 2020

Sagar Bapat MD PhD, Research Fellow, Diabetes Center


October 8, 2020

"Human pancreatic development at single-cell resolution: in vivo characterization to in vitro culture"

Zhe Liu PhD, Postdoc, Sneddon Lab


September 24, 2020

"Using outliers to unravel autoimmunity"

Mark Anderson MD PhD, Professor, Diabetes Center


September 17, 2020

"Tapping adipogenic progenitors to tip the balance between beige and fibrotic fat"

Suneil Koliwad MD PhD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology


September 10, 2020

"Serotonin 1F receptor (HTR1F) regulates primary human beta cell survival during transplant"

Deeksha Gambhir PhD, Postdoc, Ku lab


May 28, 2020

Sean De La O, Graduate Student, Sneddon Lab


May 21, 2020

"Identification and Characterization of Aire-dependent Tregs in T1D"

Jennifer Bridge PhD, Postdoc, Anderson Lab 


April 30, 2020  

Mike German MD, Professor, Diabetes Center


March 6, 2020

"Regulation of mucosal immune responses by integrins and TGF-beta"

Mark Travis PhD, Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Manchester