Dr. Gannon received her B.S. in biology from Molloy College and her M.S. in biology from Adelphi University, both on Long Island. Her thesis work was conducted in Dr. David Bader’s lab at Cornell University, where she received her Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy in 1995. Dr. Gannon pursued postdoctoral training in Dr. Chris Wright’s laboratory at Vanderbilt University, studying the role of the Pdx1 and HNF6 transcription factors in pancreas development. She is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition. Dr. Gannon is also the 2017–2018 chair of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) science session planning committee. She was elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow in 2015, and she has received funding from JDRF, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ADA, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
2001-2008, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine (Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolsim) and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
2007-2008, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
2008-2016, Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine (Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolsim) and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
2011-present, Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
2016-present, Professor, Departments of Medicine (Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolsim) and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
1996-2001, Postdoctoral fellow, Vanderbilt University, Dept. of Cell Biology, Nashville, TN
1995-1996, Postdoctoral fellow, Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Dept. of Pharmacology, New York, NY
1992, Embryology: Cell Differentiation and Gene Expression in Early Development Course, Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory
1988-1990, Laboratory Technician, Cornell University Medical College, Dept. of Pharmacology
NIH/NIDDK R01 Oct 2019 - Sept 2023; Manipulating islet GPCR activity to promote beta cell proliferation and survival
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MERIT AWARD Sept 2021 - Aug 2025; "Modulating prostaglandin E2 receptor activity to improve pancreatic islet function
NIH/NIDDK R01 Oct 2021 - Sept 2026; "Metformin in pregnancy: Fetal consequences and long-term offspring outcomes in a NHP model
NIH/NIDDK R24 Co-Investigator. Aug 2015 - July 2020; "Interrupting the Vicious Cycle of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome"
NIH/NIDDK R01 Co-Principal Investigator. December 22, 2015 - November 30, 2019; "Formation and maturation of endocrine pancreas progenitors"
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION Innovative basic science award, Principal Investigator. January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018; "Using CTGF to enhance functional beta cell mass"
Veterans Administration Merit Award, Principal Investigator, October 1, 2016-September 30, 2020; "Regulation of adult pancreatic beta cell proliferation"
2012-2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, " Linking insulin resistance and beta cell proliferation via the FoxMI pathyway, Co-Principle Investigator
2011-2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, "Effect of CTGF on adult beta cell proliferation and regeneration", Principal Investigator
2011-2015 Veterans Administration Merit Award, Regulation of adult pancreatic beta cell proliferation , Principal Investigator
2010-2015, NIDDK BCBC UO1, Formation of endocrine pancreas progenitors , Consortium PI
2011-2012, American Diabetes Association, Mentor-based postdoctoral award, Regulation and stimulation of beta cell proliferation by FoxM1 , Principal Investigator
2010-2012, NIH/NIDDK/Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center, "HNF6 expression in human pancreatic cancer", Principal Investigator
2010-2011, NIDDK R56, "FoxM1 in endocrine pancreas growth and regeneration", Principal Investigator
2007-2010, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, "Function of CTGF in Islet Development and Beta Cell Proliferation", Principal Investigator
2006-2010, NIDDK RO1, "FoxM1 in endocrine pancreas growth and regeneration", Principal Investigator
2003-2008, NIDDK RO1, "HNF6 function in the pancreatic endocrine lineage", Principal Investigator
2005-2006, NIDDK R56, "FoxM1 in endocrine pancreas growth and regeneration", Principal Investigator
2003-2006, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, "Noninvasive assessment of pancreatic islet cell mass", Co-investigator
2002-2004, NIDDK R21, "Molecular determinants of vascularization in islets", Co-investigator
2002-2007, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Career Development Award, "The role of pdx1 and HNF6 in proliferation and differentiation of endocrine precursors", Principal Investigator
2002-2004, NIDDK Beta Cell Biology Consortium Pilot and Feasibility Program, HNF6 regulation of islet differentiation and morphology", Principal Investigator