Current METP Trainees

Current Pre-Doctoral Trainees

The following 8 pre-doctoral trainees are currently supported by the METP:





Juliann Burkett

Undergraduate Institution: The College of New Jersey

Project Title: Targeting the Opposing Roles of EP3 and EP4 on Autoimmune Attack and Beta-Cell Mass Preservation to Prevent or Reverse Type One Diabetes Pathogenesis

Preceptor Lab: Maureen Gannon


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Margret Fye

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona

Project Title: Mechanosensitivity of Insulin Secretion Hot Spots in Pancreatic Beta cells

Preceptor Lab: Irina Kaverina


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Jade McDaniel

Undergraduate Institution: University of Toledo

Project Title: Investigating the Epigenetic, Transcriptomic and Functional Landscape of Beta Cell Development and Longevity

Preceptor Lab: Rafael Arrojo e Drigo


Juliana Quay



Juliana Quay

Undergraduate Institution: Winthrop University

Project Title: Elucidating the Mechanisms of CaMKII-CaMKAP Interactions

Preceptor Lab: Roger Colbran


Amber Crabtree


Amber Crabtree

Undergraduate Institution: Berea College

Project Title: TM4SF4 Regulation of Pancreatic Islet Cell Growth and Function

Preceptor Lab: Danielle Dean


Jordyn Dobson



Jordyn Dobson

Undergraduate Institution: New Mexico State University

Project Title: Modulation of Beta Cell Function and Dysfunction by TALK-2 Channels

Preceptor Lab: David Jacobson


Ritika Raghavan



Ritika Raghavan

Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University

Project Title: Exploring the Role of BNST Cells and Circuitry in State-Dependent Alterations in Stress and Anxiety-Like Behaviors

Preceptor Lab: Danny Winder


Hannah Waterman



Hannah Waterman

Undergraduate Institution: Linfield University

Project Title: Impact of Insulin Route of Delivery and Meal-Related Timing on Hepatic Glucose Metabolism

Preceptor Lab: Alan Cherrington



Current Post-doctoral Trainees

The following 4 post-doctoral trainees are currently supported by the METP:


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John William Deaver, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University

Graduate Institution: Texas A&M University

Project Title: Role of the Cell Adhesome in Obesity-Related Liver Diseases

Preceptor Lab: David Wasserman


Jamie Garcia



Jamie Garcia, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles

Graduate Institution: Duke University

Project Title: Role of CD70 in Modulation of Adipose Tissue Inflammation Due to Diet Induced Obesity

Preceptor Lab: Alyssa Hasty


Kelsey Pinckard



Kelsey Pinckard, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Institution: Capital University

Graduate Institution: Ohio State University

Project Title: Investigating the Role of HDL in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health

Preceptor Lab: John Stafford


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Zer Vue, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Merced

Graduate Institution: Baylor College of Medicine

Project Title: Loss of DRP-1 in Skeletal Muscle Alters Mitochondria Morphology and MERC Communication

Preceptor Lab: Antentor Hinton




This Diabetes Research and Training Center Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training Program is supported by an NIH training grant (NIH grant T32 DK07563) and by the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (NIH grant DK20593).