Rachel Ackerman

Rachel coordinated the PHARMGen study  and assisted with other projects from 2009-2011. She is currently a fourth year medical student at University of Massachusetts Medical School and is planning to begin a residency in internal medicine in July, 2015.

Rosa Bui

Rosa helped to start up SUGAR-MGH at Joslin Diabetes Center as a clinical research coordinator. She recruited participants and ran all the SUGAR-MGH study visits at Joslin. She left her job at Joslin and therefore SUGAR-MGH to attend medical school – Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

Sofia Warner

Sofia worked in the Florez Lab coordinating the SUGAR-MGH study in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. She took a one year hiatus from the lab in 2010 to attend a premedical post-baccaluareate program, and then in 2012, left to attend Harvard Medical School.

Rebecca Fanelli

Rebecca Fanelli was a Clinical Reseach Coordinator in the Florez Lab, who assisted with the initiation of two pharmacogenetic type-2 diabetes research studies: the prospective study of metformin and glipizide, SUGAR-MGH, and the retrospective study, PHARMGen. Rebecca also contributed to a project examining how genetic variation in the zinc transporter gene, SLC30A8, contributes to diabetes incidence. Currently a PhD student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rebecca studies the effect of alcohol on habitual behavior in rats and humans. Having been recognized for her research as a finalist for the Student Gordis Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism and receiving multiple fellowships and training grants from the NIAAA and the UNC Graduate School, Rebecca will graduate in December of 2014.

Katherine Littleton

Katie worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the SUGARMGH and PHARMGen protocols taking place at both Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Post Florez lab, Katie received her second Bachelor’s of Science degree, this time in Nursing, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also currently enrolled in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is still involved and active in research at the graduate school level. At present, Katie works as a Clinical Nurse on the Neo-Surgical Core Team at the Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Natalia Colomo, M.D.

 Natalia is a young endocrinologist from Málaga, Spain currently doing a research fellowship. As part of the training program, she has spent three months in Dr. Florez´s lab. During this time Natalia worked on the analysis of the preliminary results of the SUGAR MGH study, and now she continues collaborating with the group. Natalia enjoys reading books, visiting art museums, and loves travelling.