Christine Kusminski, Ph.D.

Assistant Instructor

Department: Internal Medicine

Biography

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.

Education

Graduate School University of Warwick - ? (2007)

Research Interests

  • 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

Publications

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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)