Ronadip R. Banerjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Ron is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UAB, and has a  secondary appointment in Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology.  He is also a member of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center.

Dr. Banerjee is a board-certified endocrinologist, and is a physician-scientist who remains active in clinical service and basic science research.  He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University (1997).  He received his M.D. (2005) and Ph.D. (2003) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His doctoral thesis was done in the lab of Dr. Mitchell A. Lazar, and examined the adipocyte-secreted hormone resistin and its role in obesity and insulin resistance.  Ron returned to Stanford for residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in endocrinology, as well as a postdoc in developmental biology in the lab of Seung Kim  where he expanded his diabetes research expertise to include beta-cell biology. 

He enjoys traveling, golf, reading (especially science fiction) and spending time with his wife and two kids. 

Hayden Bickerton

Research Associate

Hayden joined the lab in March 2018.  She is a graduate of New College of Florida in Sarasota, FL. She received her B.A. in Psychology and joined UAB after graduating in Spring 2013. Hayden enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking, baking, playing tennis, disc golf, and spending time with her pug, Chai. 

KaLia Burnette

Graduate Student

KaLia joined the lab in the spring of 2020.  She is in the Immunology theme of UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences program. She is a Georgia native, receiving her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and M.E. in Tissue Engineering. When she’s not in the lab she can be found in a gym or outdoors hiking, fishing, or camping.

LAB ALUMNI (position immediately following Banerjee lab if applicable):

  • Vivian Eberly, Undergraduate summer researcher, March 2019-September 2019.

  • Eric Stokes, UAB NIH PREP Scholar, July 2018- May 2019.  (graduate student, U. Colorado, Denver)

  • Huixin Wu, GBS rotation student, fall 2018.

  • Austin Browner, Undergraduate work-study student 2017-2018.

  • Dahye Park, Undergraduate researcher 2017-18.

  • Rachael Branscombe, Undergraduate Summer researcher SIBS program 2017.

  • Colleen Mikelson, Researcher II 2016-18.


Updated April 2020

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