From the Washington, D.C., area, David Cappel received his undergraudate degree in Molecular Biology at Princeton University in 2008. At Princeton, he worked under Dr. Amy Caudy studying the regulation of mitochondrial DNA copy number. David entered the IGP program in the fall of 2008 and has been a member of the Stafford lab since 2009. His current research focuses on the role of glucose as a substrate and signal in hepatic lipid metabolism.
Wu, K., D. Cappel, M. Martinez, and J.M. Stafford. 2010. Impaired-inactivation of FoxO1 contributes to glucose-mediated increases in serum VLDL. Endocrinology. 115 (8): 3566-3576.PMID: 20501667 PMCID: PMC2940519.
Martinez, M, C. Emfinger, M. Overton, S. Hill, T. S. Ramaswamy, D. Cappel, K. Wu, S. Fazio, D.Hachey, D. Tabb, J.M. Stafford 2012. Obesity and altered carbohydrate metabolism impact HDL composition in CETP transgenic mice: A role for ovarian hormones. Journal of Lipid Research. Mar; 53 (3): 379-89. PMID: 22215797.
Tara is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. She is studying the contribution of adiponectin in sex-differences in cardiovascular risk. Tara plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Chris Emfinger received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After his time as a research assistant in the Stafford lab, he did his PhD at Washington University. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of Wisconsin.
KE WU, MD PhD
Ke received his MD and PhD at Wuhan University in Wuhan China. He worked in the Stafford lab from 2008-2010 studying how hyperglycemia increases production of VLDL from the liver. He is currently a physician-scientist in the Department of Physiology, at the College of Medicine, Wuhan University.
BETTINA GENTRY, DVM, PhD
Bettina Gentry received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2005 from The Ohio State University. She went on to complete a residency in Comparative Medicine and obtained her PhD in 2010 from the University of Missouri. While in Missouri Bettina studied skeletal muscle in a mouse model of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone disease in humans due to a genetic defect in type I collagen. In the Stafford lab she studied the glycogen synthesis pathway and VLDL metabolism in the liver. Bettina is currently working
as a Veterinarian at the University of Missouri.
Curtis Gabriel, MD, PhD
Brian Palmisano, (MSTP Student)
After completing his MD/PhD affiliated with the Stafford lab, Brian is participating in the ABIM physician-scientist track at Stanford University Medical Center and will do fellowship in Cardiology.
Thau Le, Research Assistant
Thao Luu (MSTP Student)