The Benninger Imaging and Biophysics Lab had a very busy fiscal year with an array of grants, including 2 R01 competitive renewals (each totaling over $1.5M) as well as an AB Nexus grant jointly with the Borden lab ($125,000). These will enable studies of i) endocrine cell heterogeneity in the driving the function of the islet of Langerhans; ii) the regulation of gap junction electrical connectivity in the islet; and iii) developing novel ultrasound agents to track the progression and therapeutic reversal of type1 diabetes. This lab also had four publications (1,2,3,4) and five pre-prints. Dr. Benninger was also an advisor to multiple students who graduated this spring semester, 3 funded PhD students (JaeAnn Dwulet who received an NIH NRSA F31 award, Mark Ciccaglione who is funded by a TL1 from the CCTSI, and Jennifer Briggs who received an NSF GRFP award). Dr. Benninger is also the mentor of Vira Kravets who received two high profile career awards, the HIRN Emerging Leaders award in Type1 diabetes research ($110,000) and the Burroughs Welcome Fund Career award at the scientific interface ($500,000).
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