DRC P&F Awardees

​2023 DERC P&F Grants AWARDED

Pilot and Feasibility Projects in Endocrinology & Diabetes
Pilot & Feasibility Program, Director: Peter Tontonoz

On behalf of the UCSD/UCLA Diabetes Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant Committee, the UCSD/UCLA DRC Center is delighted to announce that we have awarded 6 outstanding projects for seed funding in 2023 out of 16 superb applications. The number and quality of the applications is clear evidence for the remarkable scientific environment that exists in our universities for supporting diabetes research especially among promising young scientists. The UCSD/UCLA DRC funds four grantees per year at approximately $40,000-$50,000. 

THE UCSD/UCLA DERC is Proud to Announce the 2023 P&F AWARDEES:
 2023 Junior Faculty Developmental Award winner: 
  • Tara Teslaa, Ph.D, UCLA, for the proposal “Measuring one carbon metabolic fluxes relevant to NAFLD.”

P&F awardees: 
  • Emily C. Whang, MD, Ph.D, UCLA, for the proposal “Aster-mediated cholesterol transport in the intestine plays a major role in cholesterol absorption.”​
  • Debora Sobreira, Ph.D, UCLA, for the proposal “Dissecting the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes: from regulatory variants to gene function.”
  • Vira Kravets, Ph.D, UCSD, for the proposal "Role of the functional b-cell heterogeneity in pancreatic islets in T2D.”
  • Ambre Bertholet, Ph.D, UCLA for the proposal “A thermogenic alternative to UCP1-dependent H+ current in brown adipose tissue.”
  • Robert Thomas, MD, Ph.D, UCSD for the proposal “Epigenetic regulation of food intake behavior and body weight."

Please join us in congratulating these promising young investigators!

See a full history of our past P&F awardees HERE

Final report and presentation at the annual retreat
A report on each pilot and feasibility study conducted will be provided at the end of the study period and an update will be provided yearly for four years after the completion of the award. These brief reports will contain professional career status at the time of the award and at the time of the report; an overview of the project including its significance and salient results; a list of resulting publications; and peer-reviewed subsequent funding in the same or related areas. Funded P&F investigators will attend the annual DRC retreat as well as a meeting of Regional P&F awardees, and present the results of their work in the year immediately following their award. Travel to these meetings will be charged to the individual P&F awards.