Current Research
Understanding and Treating Diabetes

Doug Melton applies approaches in developmental biology to understand diabetes and change its course. Melton and his team aim to develop significant new treatments for diabetes, replacing regular blood checks and insulin injections with insulin-producing cell transplants. Specifically, they are striving to develop pancreatic beta cells that measure glucose levels and secrete just the right amount of insulin. Current research areas include pancreatic development and beta-cell biology, in vitro modeling of type 1 diabetes, and engineering protection for beta-cells from the immune system.

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