Graduate Student, Dean Laboratory, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
I am Jade Stanley, a 2nd year PhD student in the Molecular Physiology and Biophysics program. My interests include touring art museums, exploring botanical gardens, and spending time with family. I am currently in Dr. Danielle Dean’s lab where we study how organs communicate to regulate nutrient homeostasis and how this is dysregulated in obesity and diabetes. Our research focuses on the liver-pancreatic islet alpha cell axis, especially how liver and pancreatic islet cells sense amino acids and how amino acid sensing and metabolism may be disrupted in obesity and diabetes. Currently, I am interested in how amino acid transporters and enzymes affect islet cell proliferation and hormone secretion especially glucagon secretion from alpha cells, a potential target for new diabetes treatments.