Laura Cristina Alonso MD
|Institution||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
|Address||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
368 Plantation Street, AS7-2047
Worcester MA 01605
|Institution||UMMS - School of Medicine|
|Institution||UMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences|
|Department||Interdisciplinary Graduate Program|
|University of Pennsylvania||1993
|University of Chicago Hospitals||1998
||2000||Residency, Internal Medicine|
|University of Chicago Hospitals||2000
||2005||Research Fellowship, Stem Cell Biology|
|University of Pittsburgh||2006
||2008||Instructor of Medicine|
|University of Pittsburgh||2008
||2012||Assistant Professor of Medicine|
|Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism||2013
|UMass Medical School||2015
||2020||The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Term Chair in Diabetes |
Laura Alonso is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Beta Cell Biological Studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard in Biochemistry, and her medical diploma from the University of Pennsylvania. She performed her clinical training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism, also at the University of Chicago. Her training in the basic sciences began during a summer internship with Dr. Eleanor Blakely at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, continued during her undergraduate and medical education with Dr. John Dowling and Dr. Laurence Turka, respectively, and intensified during a five-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Elaine Fuchs which began at the University of Chicago and was completed at the Rockefeller University. Training in Islet Biology commenced with her move to the University of Pittsburgh, where she trained with Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Ocana and Dr. Andrew Stewart.
Clinical work in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Dr. Alonso sees patients in the Diabetes Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center at the University of Massachusetts, University Campus, as well as rounding on the inpatient Diabetes and Endocrinology Consult service.
Regulation of pancreatic beta cell mass
Dr. Alonso's research lab is focused on finding ways to increase the number of insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells, so as to prevent or treat diabetes. She uses mouse models to determine how nutrients influence beta cell proliferation, with the goal of identifying therapeutic pathways that can be exploited to expand human beta cell mass.
Rotation projects are available in pancreatic islet biology, with a focus on how nutrients regulate growth and regeneration of insulin-producing beta cells and glucagon-producing alpha cells. We also have projects related to other endocrine disorders, such as pituitary and thyroid hyperplasia. Send me an email, I'm happy to discuss options.
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