Welcome to the Stephens lab!

Our lab studies the pancreatic islet, which regulates whole animal metabolism through release of hormones such as insulin and glucagon.  The central theme of our lab is to integrate molecular and cell biology with animal physiology to tackle key questions in the fields of islet biology and diabetes.  

The guiding principles of our research approach are: 

  1. We use diverse experimental systems that allow a wide breadth of in vitro and in vivo analyses.

  2. We translate basic science observations into animal models of disease such as obesity, islet dysfunction and diabetes.

  3. When possible, we interrogate the potential therapeutic/clinical utility of an agent in the treatment of diabetes.  

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