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Ulupi S. Jhala, PhD

Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC)

Associate Professor, UCSD Department of Pediatrics
phone: 858-822-2072


Since receiving her PhD degree at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Dr. Ulupi Jhala has been conducting diabetes research for over 20 years. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA. Dr. Jhala joined the Department of Pediatrics to pursue independent research on islet beta cells. She is a frequent participant of the research grant review committee of the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.


Dr. Jhala has two parallel research interests. The first is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate beta cell death in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The second area of interest centers on identifying biomarkers for predicting type 1 diabetes before patients are diagnosed.  The hope is to intervene early and prevent beta cell loss.  


R.K. Humphrey, S.M. Yu, A. Bellary, S. Gonuguntla, M. Yebra, U.S. Jhala: Lysine 63-linked ubiquitination activates Mixed Lineage Kinase-3 by inducing dissociation from JIP1 scaffold protein. J Biol Chem. 2013 25;288(4):2428-40.  Epub Nov. 2012

​W. Ren, U. S. Jhala, and K. Du., "Proteomic Analysis of Protein Palmitoylation in Adipocytes" Adipocyte. 2013, 2(1) 17 – 28

J.J. Lancman, N, Zvenigorodsky, K.P. Gates, D, Zhang, K. Solomon, T. Kuo, L. Setiawan, H. Verkade, Y.I. Chi, R.K Humphrey, U.S.Jhala, C.V.E. Wright, D.Y.R. Stainier, P.D.S, Dong. Specification of liver and pancreas progenitors by diabetes genes hnf1ba and wnt2bb. Development 2013 Jul;140(13):2669-79

Rohan K. Humphrey, Anamika Ray, Ergeng Hao, Sumati Gonuguntla, and Ulupi S. Jhala. Loss of TRB3 alters Dynamics of MLK3-JNK Signaling and Inhibits Cytokine-activated Pancreatic Beta Cell Death.  J Biol Chem 2014 Sep 9. Epub 2014 Sep 9.