Lorenzo earns ADA junior faculty award

The American Diabetes Association selected Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, as a winner of its Junior Faculty Development Award, which carries with it funding for further research on diabetes-related investigations.

Lorenzo earns ADA junior faculty award click to enlarge Damaris Lorenzo, PhD

Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, received a Junior Faculty Development Award from the American Diabetes association. It is given to new principal investigators working in the field of diabetes and provides scientists with funding for up to four years to continue their work researching the disease.

The support from this grant will enable Lorenzo's research team to build on their previous findings showing that mutations in the gene that encode the protein ankyrin-B can lead to obesity and diabetes. Lorenzo's team will investigate how deficiencies in this protein leads to defective handling of glucose by fat and muscle tissues, the hallmark of diabetes. The team will also study how other nutrients are sub-optimally metabolized by animal models carrying ankyrin-B mutations and how this sub-optimal metabolism may lead to insulin resistance.

Lorenzo is an assistant professor in department of cell biology and physiology and adjunct assistant professor in the department of nutrition, a joint department of the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a member of the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center and UNC’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD).

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