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Research Groups

Jessica Kepple


I graduated from the University of Florida with a dual BS/BA in Microbiology and Anthropology. Subsequently, I completed my PhD in Molecular Biology and Physiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, as part of the prestigious Comprehensive Diabetes Research Center. Under the supervision of Dr Chad Hunter, I investigated various aspects of brown adipose biology. In particular, my research illuminated novel transcriptional co-regulators governing tissue function and applications of brown adipose as an islet transplantation site.

Starting in November 2021, I will begin as a Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of Dr Katherine Bull and Professor Richard Cornell (NDM) and Dr Ramneek Gupta (NNRCO). The focus of my research is to identify early modulators of kidney disease in human renal transplant tissue. To complete this project, I will develop and utilize integrated imaging ‘omics’ platforms that can be applied to renal biopsies to reveal causative pathways and possible drug targets.