Assistant Professor, Medicine: Endocrinology and Metabolism
- PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia
- MD, University of Virginia
- Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Clinical Fellowship, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
UVA Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, PO Box 801406
MR 4, Room 6012
Charlottesville, VA 22908-1406
The Role of Diabetes in Cognitive Decline
People living with Type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. Our research uses both cell and animal models to study the impact of diabetes on the brain. In particular, we are interested in:
1. How insulin regulates cholesterol synthesis in the different cell types of the brain and how this impacts brain energetics and function.
2. The potential role of oxidized cholesterol species as signaling molecules in the brain in diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
3. Understanding the role of insulin in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.