Kirstie Danielson

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    College: Medicine Department: Surgery
    Secondary Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: Clinical Sciences Building, Rm. 520 Phone: 312-996-6820
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Kirstie K. Danielson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplant Surgery at UIC. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology (and a minor in Women’s Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and was a postdoctoral scholar in Endocrinology at the University of Chicago, and a postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UIC. Dr. Danielson’s previous research focused on interrelationships between type 1 diabetes (i.e. childhood diabetes), bone, and sex hormones in women. She is expanding her research to study differences between men and women in complications of type 1 diabetes (specifically bone fragility and cardiovascular disease) and treatments for type 1 diabetes (specifically islet cell transplantation). Dr. Danielson’s current research program encompasses two interrelated and synergistic projects: Project 1: The Bidirectional Association between Type 1 Diabetes and Bone in Population-Based and Islet Transplant Cohorts; and Project 2: Sex Based Differences in Islet Function and Transplant Clinical Outcomes.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Preferred: Honors College student, interested in public health or medicine, junior or senior standing, with coursework in biology, chemistry, and calculus. Coursework in women studies and/or statistics strongly preferred. Students who are working toward applying to medical school and/or graduate school in public health or biomedical research are also strongly preferred. Minimum GPA of 3.75.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Participate in clinical or basic science research depending on the interests of the student and the current research needs of the project. Work at least 10/hrs per week, attend regular lab meetings, and assist the team of research staff and graduate students. Develop and conduct a small research project (with faculty guidance) that is part of the overall research of the lab, and present the results at the annual UIC Undergraduate Research Forum. The ultimate goal would to be a co-author and have his/her research included in a peer-reviewed manuscript.

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