Gabriela Da Silva Xavier
My research interest is in the fuel sensing protein kinases - AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and PAS-domain containing protein kinase (PASK)- and their roles in pancreatic endocrine cell function and development. I completed my PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol in 2001. After two postdoctoral positions at the University of Bristol, I moved to Imperial College in 2006 where I was appointed lecturer in 2008 and have been involved in collaborative efforts to elucidate how the Type 2 Diabetes genes identified by Genome Wide Association Studies - TCF7L2, SLC30A8, WFS1, and HHEX - may affect beta-cell function and development. My work has been funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes.