Dr. Willi's research focuses on therapeutics for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and he has performed a number of physiologic studies in the etiology and characterization of diabetes in children. His current studies include trials on the delay of progression of type 1 diabetes and a multicenter trial to examine the optimal therapeutics for type 2 diabetes in children.
Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP, is a pediatric endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She treats all pediatric endocrine conditions, but she has special expertise in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents.
Dr. Ackermann studies diabetes (types 1 and 2) and congenital hyperinsulinism using mouse models, cell lines, and primary human tissue. She aims to identify novel pathways regulating beta cell insulin secretion, leading to innovative therapeutic strategies for these disorders. Current studies include in vivo mouse physiology, ex vivo human islet physiology, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, epigenetic modification, and single-cell functional genomics.
Dr. Katz’s investigates the sequelae of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus in youth. Her research involves the intersection of sleep, obesity, and glucose intolerance and prevention of cardiovascular risk. Her studies have led to the evaluation of quantitative tools important for assessment of metabolic risk in youth.
The principal goal of Dr. Simmons' research program is to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms that link an aberrant intrauterine milieu to the later development of diseases in adulthood. She has made many seminal contributions to the understanding of the role that epigenetic modifications play in developmental programming of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Monos is an internationally recognized expert on histocompatibility (HLA) molecules. His work covers a wide spectrum of HLA-related issues that pertain to both the molecular (structure/function) aspects of HLAs, as well as the genetics of the major histocompatibility complex, that includes the genes encoding the HLA molecules.
Dr. Cardinale's research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of gene expression and gene regulation in autoimmune diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, and systemic sclerosis. He uses data from large-scale genomic studies to identify disease-causing genetic variants and functionally explore the target genes of those variants.
Dr. Shah's research is centered on understanding obesity and its related complications. Her current work includes clinical and translational studies exploring pathophysiology and modulation of obesity-related adipose tissue and systemic inflammation using human cell lines and clinical trials. She is also involved in clinical studies of outcomes and risk factors of polycystic ovarian syndrome and type 2 diabetes in teens.
Dr. Pei's research aims to understand the molecular underpinnings of cardiac remodeling associated with cardiomyopathy and heart failure. He is particularly interested in two areas of cardiac remodeling: metabolic reprogramming, and secretion of heart-derived hormones to communicate with other organs.