Kirstie Danielson

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    College: Medicine Department: Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Department of Medicine
    Secondary Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 835 S. Wolcott Avenue, Rm. 819C CMWT (MC 640) 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 Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, 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 recent research has focused on interrelationships between type 1 diabetes (i.e., juvenile diabetes), bone health, and sex hormones/sex differences in both a population-based cohort with type 1 diabetes and a cohort of type 1 diabetes patients functionally cured after receiving islet cell transplantation. She is currently expanding her research to investigate the novel bidirectional association between type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, accelerated by compelling preliminary data that patients' vascular health predicts the ability of islet transplant to cure type 1 diabetes.

    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.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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