Rising Stars Symposium

Sponsored by the Diabetes and Obesity Research Priority Area and the UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center





Hear from Our Experts

This all-day symposium features nationally recognized early-career research scholars who have demonstrated scientific achievements in diabetes and obesity-related research.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: University of Kentucky, Healthy Kentucky Research Building, Conference Room 150
Deadline to Register: Nov. 10, 2023

This symposium will include a poster session featuring the exciting research of our students, postdoctoral scholars, fellows, staff and faculty.

Prizes will be awarded for top poster presentations in each category.


Click here to register for the Rising Stars Symposium.

Keynote Speaker

Darleen Sandoval, PhD

Dr. Darleen Sandoval
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus
Targeting the gut-brain axis in obesity treatment

Additional Speakers

Emily Noble
Emily Noble, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Melanin concentrating hormone and the neural regulation of impulsive eating  

Mauricio Dorfman
Mauricio Dorfman, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington Diabetes Institute
Exploring Sex Hormones and Sex Differences in Hypothalamic Inflammation and Metabolic Disease

Laura Eloise Rupprecht
Laura Eloise Rupprecht, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of GI, Duke University
A gut signal for food reward

Jingyi Qian
Jingyi Qian, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Circadian Rhythms, physical activity, and Cardiometabolic Health

Phyo Htoo
Phyo Htoo, MD, PhD

Research Fellow in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Comparative effectiveness and safety of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors versus alternative glucose-lowering medications

Mudassir Rashid
Mudassir Rashid, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Artificial Intelligence in Diabetes Care

Margo Emont
Margo Emont, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
A single cell atlas of human and mouse white adipose tissue

Phillip Dumesic
Phillip Dumesic, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
RBM43 controls adipose inflammation and glucose homeostasis through translational regulation of PGC1⍺

Sadeesh Ramakrishnan
Sadeesh Ramakrishnan, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
A novel link between ketone metabolism and hypoxia signaling in HCC pathogenesis