Research Mentors

Kenneth Copeland, MD

Kenneth Copeland, MD
Professor, Milburn Endowed Chair
Associate Program Director

Research Interests

  • Diabetes, type 1 and type 2
  • Metabolic actions of insulin, growth hormone, and IGF
  • Disorders of growth and puberty

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Steven D. Chernausek, MD
Professor, Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair

Research Interests

  • Hormonal control of growth
  • Mechanisms of GH/IGF action
  • Fetal origins of adult metabolic disease
  • Management of disorders of sex development

David Fields, PhD

David Fields, PhD
Associate Professor, Chickasaw
Nation Endowed Chair

Research Interests

  • Body composition--predominately in newborns
  • Fetal origins of disease
  • Ethnic differences in body composition and insulin sensitivity

Kevin Short, PhD

Kevin Short, PhD
Associate Professor,
Choctaw Nation Endowed Chair

Research Interests

  • The role of physical activity for prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity and their cardiometabolic consequences
  • How exercise affects insulin action in children and adults
  • Metabolic phenotyping


Sowmya Krishnan, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director

Research Interests

  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Bone and fat signaling in regulation of energy metabolism
  • Bone health in various chronic pediatric conditions including survivors of childhood brain tumor and DSD

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Minu George, MD
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Prevention of obesity in childhood
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2

Jeanie Tryggestad, MD
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Vascular function in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Turner Syndrome