Claude B. Pennington, Jr. Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research Associate Executive Director for Basic Science
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Baton Rouge, LA
Dr. Stephens studies STAT proteins, which signal molecules and transcription factors. This means they control gene expression. Dr. Stephens looks at the activation and function of STAT proteins in adipocytes. She uses adipocytes because this cell type has several functions that if disrupted can lead to the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Stephens also targets and studies genes in adipocytes that play a role in insulin action, lipid metabolism and the endocrine properties of fat cells.
- Post-doctoral fellow of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at Boston University Medical Center
- Director for Basic Research – Obesity and Diabetes