Christine Kusminski, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Touchstone Diabetes Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Originally from England, Dr. Kusminski holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Cardiff, where she graduated with honors. She completed her doctoral degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Warwick. She completed postdoctoral training in obesity and diabetes at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Kusminski joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2013.

Dr. Kusminski's research interests include obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolism, and adipose tissue. She has been the Principal Investigator on several clinical trials, as well as lectured nationally on the subjects. Her research findings have resulted in numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications, reviews, book chapters, and non-peer-reviewed media.


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