Originally from England, Dr. Kusminski completed her graduate work at The University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Drawn by the collaborative interdisciplinary research utilized to study Obesity and Type 2 diabetes and their associated co-morbidities, Dr. Kusminski brings to the Touchstone Diabetes Center at UTSW a strong background in mitochondrial bioenergetics, in the context of adipose tissue physiology and energy metabolism. Her current research focuses on: 1) how regulating mitochondrial activity and shifting substrate-flux influences cellular and tissue function to alter whole-body lipid and glucose homeostasis; 2) evaluating the integrated signaling mechanisms that govern white adipose tissue expansion under metabolic perturbations, such as surplus caloric-intake; and 3) understanding how pancreatic alpha and beta cells interact in a diabetic setting.


Cardiff University (2003), Biochemistry
Graduate School
Univ of Warwick (2007), Biomedical Sciences

Research Interest

  • Mechanisms Underlying Diabetes-associated Lipotoxicity
  • Mitochondrial Function in Adipose Tissue Expansion and Whole-body Energy Homeostasis
  • Obesity and Adipose Tissue Physiology
  • Pancreatic Alpha and Beta Cell Signaling


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Honors & Awards

  • JDRF Award
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant (2007)
  • ASO Award
    Ph.D. Student Research of the Year Award, Association for the Study of Obesity, London, UK (2006)
  • Albert Renold Award
    Fellowship Award from the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD), Dusseldorf, Germany (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association (2013)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (2007)
  • Association for the Study of Obesity, UK (2006-2007)
  • British Endocrine Society, UK (2004-2008)
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2004-2008)