Diabetes/Obesity Research

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Updated Nov.2, 2012

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Scourge of Diabetes

Diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the U.S. and more than 200 million people worldwide today.  Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity and insulin resistance, a condition where normal insulin action is blunted.

Try the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you could be at risk for diabetes. Diabetes also increases the risk for heart disease. The Heart Disease Risk Assessment test, based on the Framingham Heart Study, predicts the chance of a heart attack over the next ten years.

Research Interests

Metabolic diseases, bioactive components, insulin signal transduction, mechanism of insulin resistance, gene expression and metabolism in animal models of obesity, type 2 diabetes and transgenic/knockout mice.

Grant Funding

American Diabetes Association
Diabetes Action Research & Education Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture

Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station

Congratulations! Jian (Albert Zhang) on successful completion of Ph.D program

Congratulations! Gauri Desai- awarded the Malone Zallen Graduate Research Fellowship for 2012

Newsworthy: Carl Okerberg served as an ambassador for the International Quality of Life Awards in 2012, held at the United Nations, NY

PROSPECTIVE GRAD STUDENT? Apply to the Graduate School, send email enquiry to Dr. Mathews



BOSHELL DIABETES RESEARCH JOURNAL CLUB meets Mondays @ 4 pm, 203 Greene Hall, College of Vet. Med.