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, clinical fellowship in endocrinology, and a postdoctoral research fellowship working in the lab of Seung Kim  where 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. 

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. KaLia was  appointed to the UAB CMDB T32 Training grant on July 1, 2020.

Yongjie joined the lab in August 2020. He previously worked as a postdoc and research associate in University of Pittsburgh and University of Georgia, where his research projects involved gene therapy, fatty acid on metabolic disorders and cancer progression.

When not in the lab, he likes to go swimming, watch documentary film and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Yongjie Ma

Research Associate

Dingguo Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dingguo joined the lab in Oct 2020. He previously completed at PhD at UAB. His graduate school thesis with Dr. David Pollack examined circadian physiology and metabolic misalignments in the kidney.


His long-term career goal is to become an independent and productive physician-scientist. Outside of work, Dingguo enjoys one or two glasses of whiskey, due to poor tolerance. He also enjoys water activities. 

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

  • 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.