Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences and Associate Director for Translational Research in Diabetes at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at the University of Kentucky,
has NIH funding to follow how people progress from being metabolically healthy to having type 2 diabetes. She and her lab are regarded as forerunners in studying the role of inflammation in type 2 diabetes and obesity. Her research team is hoping to identify potential drug targets along this trajectory, particularly targets that may serve as early interventions.
Dr. Nikolajczyk's lab uses cutting-edge technologies and she encourages others who may be interested in using some of her state-of-the art equipment to contact her. This equipment includes a 3D 4-well format Bio-Plex, an XF Analyzer (mitochondrial function), and a 19-color Flow Cytometric Analyzer (cell counting/sorting/biomarker detection). She is incredibly passionate about her research and welcomes collaborative opportunities with other UK researchers.
Dr. Nikolajczyk recognizes that the rates of obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes in Kentucky, as well as across the United States, are very concerning and believes that not enough is being done to keep those numbers in check. She recommends that glucose levels be checked regularly, in order to obtain baseline data.
By way of background, Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk came to UK in 2017 from Boston University. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in Cell Biology and Anatomy. (by Julien Thibault)
Please view her research focus in this short youtube video (produced by Research Communications at the University of Kentucky).