- Kovler Family Distinguished Service Professor; Department of Medicine - Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; Department of Human Genetics; Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition; Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology; Committee on Clinical and Translational Science
Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1977
The University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Avenue
AMB N237/MC 1028
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-9116
Dr. Bell’s research focuses on the genetics of diabetes mellitus. Ongoing studies in his laboratory include the genetics of type 2 diabetes in the Mexican American population of Starr County, Texas (in collaboration with Dr. Craig Hanis, Human Genetics Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston), the effect of mutations in the insulin gene on insulin biosynthesis and pancreatic beta-cell function, the identification of modifiers of proteostasis in a novel Drosophila system expressing a mutant human insulin (INSC96Y) in different tissues (in collaboration with Dr. Martin Kreitmen, Department of Ecology and Evolution, The University of Chicago), and translation of discoveries in diabetes genetics to diagnosis and treatment (in collaboration with Drs. Siri Atma Greeley, Elbert Huang, Rochelle Naylor and Louis Philipson, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, The University of Chicago).