Rising Stars Symposium

Sponsored by the Diabetes and Obesity Research Priority Area & 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: Oct. 30, 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
Darleen Sandoval, PhD

Dr. Darleen Sandoval
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus

Additional Speakers

Emily Noble, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Georgia

Mauricio Dorfman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington Diabetes Institute 

Laura Eloise Rupprecht, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of GI, Duke University 

Jingyi Qian, PhD
Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Phyo Htoo, MD, PhD
Research Fellow in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Mudassir Rashid, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Margo Emont, PhD
Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School 

Phillip Dumesic, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

Sadeesh Ramakrishnan, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh