Dr. Deng is originally from China. She received her B.S degree in biology from Wuhan University in 1999 and M.S. degree in molecular genetics from Fudan University in 2002. Dr. Deng then joined the Sue Golding Graduate School of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York in 2002 and completed her PhD in cell biology in 2008. Drawn by the opportunity for the harmonious integration of molecular genetics, cell biology and mouse model study to understand human disease, she completed her fellowship with Dr. Philipp E. Scherer in the Touchstone Diabetes Center in the Department of Internal Medicine here at UT Southwestern. Dr. Deng specializes in biochemistry and cell metabolism. She emphasizes the crosstalk between the canonic metabolic pathways and signaling pathways in understanding cell biology. Her past research has highlighted a housekeeping role of ER stress in cell metabolism. Her current research focuses on the interplay between ER stress and 1) insulin resistance, 2) obesity and diabetes, and 3) aging.


Graduate School
(2002), Molecular Genetics
Graduate School
Yeshiva University (2008), Cell Biology
(2015), Biology

Research Interest

  • Adipocyte Biology
  • Aging
  • Beta Cell and Alpha Cell Biology
  • Hepatocyte Biology
  • Obseity and Diabetes


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Honors & Awards

  • Keystone Symposia Scholarship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
    American Diabetes Association (2008-2012)