Bio-X SIGF Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2017
Home Department: Chemistry
Faculty Advisors: Justin Annes (Medicine - Endocrinology, Gerontology, Metabolism) and Jennifer Cochran (Bioengineering)

Research Title: Confronting the Central Challenge to Developing a Regenerative Medicine: Lineage-Specific Drug Activity

Photo of graduate student Timothy Horton in the lab, using a standing machine.Research Description: Reduced beta cell mass is a pathologic hallmark of diabetes. Consequently, Timothy aims to develop a therapeutic that enhances insulin production capacity by pharmacologically expanding beta cells. Timothy hypothesizes that presentation of highly potent beta cell stimulators will enable replication and protection against diabetes.  This project requires innovative tools in molecular engineering, synthetic chemistry, and biochemical and biological analysis. 


Timothy is a postdoctoral fellow in the Radiation Oncology department at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.