UFRI Fellow, Chhabra 2015

Kavaljit Chhabra, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015
Dr. Chhabra completed his PhD in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Eric Lazartigues at LSUHSC, New Orleans. Thereafter, for postdoctoral training, he joined Dr. Malcolm Low’s laboratory at the University of Michigan to determine the mechanisms through which hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) maintains glucose homeostasis and body weight. His long term career/research goal is to advance the field of diabetes and obesity research by discovering better therapeutic targets to control the disorders. In the process, Kavaljit also aims to introduce undergraduate as well as graduate students to inquiry-based research. During national meetings, such as ABRCMS and Experimental Biology, he actively participates in the Mentor/Mentee programs to showcase the latest research presented in the field of physiology to undergraduate students. Dr. Chhabra has also trained at least one undergraduate student every year, and actively participated in symposia to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their career goals in the fields of STEM.

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