Seminars: UCSF Diabetes, Obesity, and Nutrition Seminar Series

Weekly UCSF Diabetes, Obesity, and Nutrition seminar series held on Fridays at 12 pm during the academic year. The first Friday of each month will be a joint seminar with Stanford. 

Seminars are announced UCSF-wide and are available for all to attend. The seminars contain a mix of nutrition, obesity and metabolism-related studies, together with studies in diabetes and related fields.

Scheduled Seminars


NORC (Nutrition Obesity Research Center) Seminar

November 7, 3:00-4:00pm; Mission Bay, Pritzker Building, Room 1412

William J. Evans, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Human Nutrition, UC Berkeley & Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, DIvision of Geriatrics

“Application of stable isotope tracers as a transformative technology in human muscle metabolism”

Past Seminars

June 14, 2023

"Deciphering mechanisms of beta cell development and regeneration"

Heiko Lickert PhD, Director, Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research (IDR), Helmholtz Munich & Professor and Chair of Beta Cell Biology, Technical University Munich (TUM)

May 26, 2023

"CRISPR gene editing in primary human islet cells"

Romina Bevacqua PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

May 19, 2023

"Tracking cell interactions using intercellular barcode transfer"

Neil Tay PhD, Postdoc, McManus Lab

May 12, 2023

"Modeling Rare, Genetic Bone Diseases to Uncover the Role of Gs-GPCR and BMP Signaling in Mesenchymal Tissue Function"

Kelly Wentworth MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF

May 5, 2023

"Integrating Disparate Approaches in Immunotherapy Induced Endocrinopathies"

Zoe Quandt MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Anderson Lab, Diabetes Center, UCSF

April 28, 2023

"Individual Development Planning: An Introduction"

Ray Care PhD, Program Director, Office of Career & Professional Development

April 21, 2023

"The kidney regulates food intake and body weight"

Tony K.T. Lam PhD, Associate Director of Research, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto

April 14, 2023

"Overcoming the Challenges of Graft Hypoxia: Lessons from Pancreatic Islet Transplantations"

Hirotake Komatsu MD PhD, Assistant Professor, Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics, Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, City of Hope, Los Angeles CA

March 24, 2023

"Designing immune evasion strategies to protect stem cell-derived beta cells from immune destruction"

Audrey Parent PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor, Diabetes Center

March 10, 2023

"Modeling Type 1 Diabetes using stem cells and genetic engineering""

Roberto Gutierrez, Graduate Student, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Florida, Gainesville FL

February 24, 2023

"Cell-environment interactions during tissue maturation and disease"

Haiting Ma PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute, MIT

February 17, 2023

"Decoding regulatory T cell identity to inform better regulatory T cell therapies"

Jennifer Umhoefer, Graduate Student, Marson Lab, Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology

February 10, 2023

“Uncovering the mechanism of lysine beta-hydroxybutyrlation”

Emily Goldberg PhD, Assistant Professor, Physiology

February 3, 2023 - Joint Seminar with Stanford

"Integrated functional imaging of islet communication"

Mark Huising PhD, Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California Davis

January 27, 2023

"Aire-dependent Insulin-reactive clones in NOD T1D"
Jennifer Umhoefer, Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences, Marson Lab, Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology


January 20, 2023

"Extrathymic Aire-expressing cells support maternal-fetal tolerance"

Hong Sun PhD, Gardner Lab, Department of Surgery and Diabetes Center

January 13, 2023

"High-fat diet regimes alter pathophysiology in inflammatory skin disease"

Zewen (Owen) Jiang, Graduate Student, Krummel & Bapat Labs, Department of Pathology and Diabetes Center

December 9, 2022 

"Technologies to clonally track and measure engineered T-cells"

Daniel Goodman, PhD Postdoc, Roybal Lab

December 2, 2022 - Joint with Stanford

"Sox9 regulates alternative splicing and pancreatic beta cell function"

Hasna Maachi, PhD Postdoc, Hebrok Lab

November 18, 2022

"Engineering Synthetic Suppressor Cells for Targeted Immune Suppression"

Nish Reddy, Graduate Student, Integrative Program in Quantitative Biology, Lim Lab, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF

November 4, 2022 - Joint with Stanford

"Imaging islet vascular remodeling to track Type1 Diabetes development”

Richard Benniger PhD, Associate Professor, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center

October 28, 2022

"Parathyroid Transplantation to Improve Islet Engraftment"

Yani Peng, Graduate Student, Tang Lab

October 21, 2022 - Distinguished Speaker in Diabetes Research

"Islet autoimmunity and avenues for prevention"

Anette-Gabriele Ziegler PhD, Director, Helmholtz Munich Institute of Diabetes Research, Germany

October 14, 2022

"Enhancing regulatory T cell therapy using an orthogonal IL2 system to restore immune tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes"

Alyssa Indart, Graduate Student, Tang lab

October 7, 2022

"Loss of the Transcription Factor RREB1 Reduces Cellular Insulin Content and Alters Gene Expression in Pancreatic Beta Cells"

Nicole Krentz PhD, Postdoc, Gloyn Lab, Stanford

September 30, 2022

"Development of IRE1α modulators to spare ER-stressed beta cells in diabetes"

Luka Suzuki, MD, PhD, Postdoc, Papa Lab

September 23, 2022 

"Investigating mechanisms of Type 2 Diabetes in the liver: an iPSC-based microphysiological approach"

Marko Groeger PhD, Postdoc, Willenbring Lab, Department of Surgery 

September, 16, 2022

"Recovery of Invariant natural killer T-cells to eliminate senescence in the HFD mice" 

Yao Wang PhD, Postdoc, Bhushan Lab

September 9, 2022

"Engineering white adipose tissue to treat obesity”

Hai Nguyen PhD, Postdoc, Ahituv Lab, Department of Bioengineering, UCSF

May 27, 2022

"Short-term expression of MAFAWT or mutant MAFAS64F enhances glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from stem cell-derived ​beta cells"

Veronica Cochrane, PhD, Postdoc, Hebrok Lab

May 20, 2022

"Extrathymic Aire-Expressing Cells in Immune Tolerance"

Jay Gardner, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Diabetes Center & Department of Surgery

May 13, 2022

"Developing Islet Antigen-Specific Tregs for Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes”

Emilie Ronin PhD, Postdoc, Tang Lab

May 6, 2022 - Joint Seminar with Stanford

"Beta Cell and Immune Cell Interactions in Type 1 Diabetes: The SKAP2 Story"

Chester Chamberlain PhD, Assistant Researcher, German lab

April 29, 2022

"Extrathymic Aire-Expressing Cells as Inducers of Immune Tolerance"

Alexander Gupta MD, Resident, Gardner Lab

April 22, 2022 - Invited Professor

“Enhancing cell replacement therapy in T1D using biomaterials for manufacturing, transplantation, and immune protection"

Lonnie Shea PhD, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

April 15, 2022

"Biomimetic platform for Beta Cell Replacement Therapy to Treat T1 Diabetes"

Bhushan Kharbikar PhD, Postdoc, Desai Lab

April 8, 2022

"Developing a Robust Immunologic Self-Representation Score for scRNAseq Analysis"

Joe Germino, Graduate student, Gardner & Ntranos Labs

April 1, 2022 - Visiting Professor, Joint Seminar with Stanford

"Pathogenetic implications of proinsulin mishandling"

Thomas Mandrup-Poulsen PhD, Professor, Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

March 18, 2022

"A New Player in Feeding Regulation"

Tomas Bachor PhD, Postdoc, Xu lab

March 11, 2022

"Insights into Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Induced Endocrinopathies"

Zoe Quandt MD, Clinical Fellow, Anderson lab

February 2, 2022

"Elucidating Inflammation-induced Cell Fate Decisions in Primary Human Tregs"

Patrick Ho PhD, Postdoc, Tang Lab

February 18, 2022

"Primary cilia of Melanocortin-4 Receptor Neurons Regulates Body Weight"

Annie Yue, Graduate Student, Vaisse Lab

February 11, 2022 - Distinguished Speaker in Diabetes

"Deciphering Mechanisms of ß-Cell Development, Heterogeneity and Regeneration"

Heiko Lickert PhD, Director, Institute for Diabetes and Regeneration, Helmholtz Munich

January 28, 2022

"A tale of two APCs: MHCII-mediated antigen presentation by thymic stromal cells enforces central T-cell tolerance"

Irina Proekt, PhD, Postdoc, Anderson Lab

January 21, 2022

"Triporter - A novel multi-reporter transgenic mouse to track gene editing"

Wilson Poon PhD, Postdoc, McManus Lab 

January 14, 2022 - Distinguished Speaker in Diabetes Research

"Engineering Regulatory T cells for tolerance"

Megan Levings PhD, Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of British Columbia