Diabetes & Obesity Research Training Program

Diabetes & Obesity Research Training Program


Mission Statement:

Diabetes and its complications affect some 20 million Americans with an annual cost to society in excess of $100 billion. In the USA, obesity has reached epidemic proportions which further increases the incidence of diabetes. Diabetes is a serious ailment linked to abnormalities in metabolism and nutritional regimen. It is essential to increase the number of scientists doing basic research relevant to diabetes, and obesity. Our goalis to promote the training of scientists whose research will develop new understandings dortp.jpgof the basis of the disease and its complications, and thereby speed the discovery of more effective therapies.

Program: PhD Preceptors (see overleaf) with diabetes related projects are selected from the basic Science Department graduate programs or interdisciplinary programs. Students will fulfill the requirements of the respective program and additionally will complete a Minor in Diabetes and Obesity. Students will attend the Center for Diabetes Research seminar series. Fellowships for students in the program are available on a competitive basis. Post-doctoral mentors are selected from the same set of faculty. Both fellows and students will be required to participate in certain courses and other activities proscribed by the program.

Application: PhD students typically apply at the end of their first year of study once they have selected a mentor. Alternatively, students may apply to the program at the time of application to one of the IU Medical School Graduate Programs which would have to accept the student prior to consideration by the Diabetes and Obesity Program. The student would have to select a mentor from the participating faculty (see overleaf). Combined MD/PhD students would apply once they have chosen their mentor and to cover periods when they are considered PhD students. Post-doctoral fellows can apply once at Indiana University or during negotiations with the listed preceptors.

Ph.D. Minor in Diabetes and Obesity

A minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken beyond the requirements of the student's major PhD program.  The Minor must include G805 Diabetes and Obesity and G505 Responsible Conduct of Research.  If G805 has been taken to fulfill other requiremtnts, it may be substituted by elective course(s) from the list below with the approval of the student's advisory commitee. 

The remainder of the Minor will be selected from the following courses:

G655 Research Communication Seminar (1 cr):

G855 Experimental Design and Research Biostatistics (1 cr);

G715 Biomedical Science I–Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes (3 cr);

G716 Biomedical Science II–Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 cr);

G717 Biomedical Science III–Cellular Basis of Systems Biology (3 cr);

G805 Structural and Chemical Biology (2 cr);

G817 Molecular Basis of Cell Structure and Function (2 cr);

G825 Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology (2 cr);

G848 Bioinformatics, Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology (2 cr);

G852 Concepts of Cancer Biology: Signaling gone awry (2 cr)

F782 Physiology and Pathology of Lipid Rafts (1 cr);

G640 Epithelial Cell Biology (1 cr);

G703 Physiology of the Coronary Circulation (1 cr);

G704 Physiological Proteomics (1 cr);

G706 Designer Mice (1 cr);

G707 Physiology of Smooth Muscle (1 cr);

G708 Cardiac and Coronary Physiology of Exercise (1 cr);

G712 In Vivo Microcirculatory Physiology (1 cr);

G713 Angiogenesis (1 cr);

G736 Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Function in Health and Disease (1 cr);

G761 Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Ion Channels (1 cr);

Q580 Basic Human Genetics (3 cr);

Q612 Molecular and Biochemical Genetics (3 cr);

Q620 Human Cytogenetics (3 cr);

Q630 Population Genetics (3 cr);

G725 Gene Transfer Approaches to Clinical and Basic Research (Gene Therapy) (1 cr);

G727 Animal Models of Human Disease (1 cr);

J807 Current Topics in Immunity (2 cr);

J829 Current Topics in Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms (2 cr);

G720 Stem Cell Biology (2 cr);

G728 Fundamentals of Infection and Pathogenesis (1 cr);

G729 Immunology I: Introduction to the Immune System (1 cr);

G747 Principle of Pharmacology (1 cr);

G748 Principles of Toxicology 1 (1 cr);

G748 Principles of Toxicology 2 (1 cr);

G748 Principles of Toxicology 3 (1 cr);

G745 Fundamentals of Intracellular Signal Transduction (2 cr);

G751 Advanced Concepts in Cytosolic and Nuclear Signal Transduction (2 cr)

The Minor program must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee, whch will take into consideration the student's total didacti experience.  In the case of combined M.D./Ph.D. students, the Committee may approve substitution of appropriate medical school courses.  The minor representative on the Committee will be selected from outside of the student's major department and must be a member of the Diabetes and Obesity Training Program. 

For additional information, contact Dr. Peter J. Roach at

635 Barnhill Dr | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 274-7151 | Fax: (317) 274-4686