About the DOC

Meet the members and collaborators of the University of Louisville Diabetes and Obesity Center

Our Research Focus

Using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, our work ranges from cardiovascular metabolism and inflammation to stem cell biology and environmental cardiology, all while maintaining a cohesive theme and common goal. We believe that coupled with community outreach and expert clinical care, our research can help stem the tide of these growing epidemics.



Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., FAHA

Aruni Bhatnagar 2016Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar is the Smith and Lucille Gibson Endowed Chair in the University of Louisville Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a graduate of Kanpur University, India, and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

He is known for his pioneering work on the polyol pathway of glucose metabolism and how it is regulated by nitric oxide.

Dr. Bhatnagar's research has also led to the elucidation of the mechanisms by which free radicals and lipid peroxidation products affect the function of individual ion channels.

His work has triggered the development of the new field of Environmental Cardiology.


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Associate Faculty

Technical Staff

Kenneth Brittian
Trinath Das
Kyle Fulgham
Andrew Gibb
Lindsey Gilbert
Luping Guo, Ph.D.
Linda Harrison
David Hoetker
Jane Jin
Anuradha Kalani
Fenge Li
Xiao-Ping Li, Ph.D.

Pawel Lorkiewicz
Blake Lynch
Parul Mehra
Maarten Missinne
Donald Mosley
Jessica Nystoriak
Aaron Puckett
Amanda Ribble
Dan Riggs
Jasmit Shah
Gregg Shirk
Mahavir Singh, Ph.D.

Srinivas Sithu, Ph.D.
Michelle Smith
Whitney Theis
Alyssa Thomas
Jaron Thomas
Patrick Whang
Nalinie Wickramasinghe, Ph.D.
Zhengzhi Xie, Ph.D.
Jin-Juan Zheng
Yu-Ting Zheng, Ph.D.

Advisory Committees