Trey Howell, Ph.D.
Analysis of recent epidemiological data has determined there is a strong correlation between serum concentrations of bioaccumulative organochlorine pesticide metabolites and the occurrence of type 2 diabetes. The goal of my current research is to delineate the mechanism(s) by which these compounds may elicit or exacerbate insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Currently, I am utilizing both in vitro and in vivo studies to determine if exposure to these compounds promotes the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This line of investigation is of particular importance given that the origins of type 2 diabetes remain an enigma.