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

Principal Investigator


Ron is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Dr. Banerjee is a board-certified endocrinologist, and is a physician-scientist who remains active in clinical service in addition to his lab research. 


He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University (1997), followed by both an 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, clinical fellowship in Endocrinology, and a postdoctoral research fellowship working in the lab of Seung Kim  studying beta-cell biology. 

Prior to joining JHU, he was an Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, where he was selected as a Pittman Scholar in 2021.

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

KaLia Burnette

Graduate Student

KaLia joined the lab in the spring of 2020, and is co-mentored by Dr. Hubert Tse, UAB Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology.  KaLia 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. KaLia was  appointed to the UAB CMDB T32 Training grant on July 1, 2020.

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

  • Dingguo Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow 2020-2021.  (Postdoc, Chatham Lab, UAB).

  • Yongjie Ma, Researcher V 2020-2021.  (Research Associate, UAB).

  • Hayden Bickerton, Researcher IV 2018-2020.  (Physician Assistant School, UAB).

  • 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.