Diabetes - Molecular Metabolism

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medical Genetics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology


  • Type 2 diabetes, insulin, T2D


The overall goal of our research unit is to understand metabolic control of insulin secretion and why it fails in type 2 diabetes (T2D). In recent years, this has meant that we have used information from GWAS (Genome-wide association study) to direct our efforts towards the genes which are actually linked to the development of the disease. To reach this overarching goal, we have worked along two lines: 1) mitochondrial (dys)function in ß-cells and, 2) melatonin signaling in islets. In fact, these projects have emanated from findings in GWAS, where genetic variants of Transcription factor B1 mitochondrial (TFB1M) and the Melatonin receptor 1B have been robustly associated with T2D. Overall, our work holds promise to increase understanding of how T2D evolves. Mitochondrial function is difficult to target with drugs. In contrast, the melatonin receptor 1B is a potential drug target in T2D.

Recent research outputs

Attendees of the Danish Diabetes Academy Winter School 2019 & Klinsmann Carolo, 2020 Feb 14, In : Acta Physiologica.

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Sevda Gheibi, Samsonov, A. P., Gheibi, S., Vazquez, A. B. & Kashfi, K., 2020 Jan 21, In : Biochemical Pharmacology. 113819.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Vergari, E., Denwood, G., Salehi, A., Zhang, Q., Adam, J., Alrifaiy, A., Wernstedt Asterholm, I., Benrick, A., Chibalina, M. V., Eliasson, L., Guida, C., Hill, T. G., Hamilton, A., Ramracheya, R., Reimann, F., Rorsman, N. J. G., Spilliotis, I., Tarasov, A. I., Walker, J. N., Rorsman, P. & 1 others, Briant, L. J. B., 2020 Jan 20, In : Nature Metabolism. 2, 1, p. 32-40 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

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