Michelle Kimple, PhD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Associate Professor
UW Med Fndtn Centennial Bldg
1685 Highland Ave 4148
Madison WI 53705-2281
(608) 265-5627

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  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina – Postdoctrate fellowship in Pharmacology and Islet Biology

Professional Activities

Dr. Michelle Kimple is a faculty member in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism within the Department of Medicine and has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology. She is Director of the Basic Science Selective, Department of Academic Affairs and a Research Health Scientist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital. Dr. Kimple is heavily involved in the training of future researchers and physician-scientists, and currently serves as a faculty trainer on over five NIH T-32 training grants. She is a member of numerous professional organizations such as The Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Physiological Society. Among the many awards Dr. Kimple has received are the Department of Medicine’s Puestow Research Award, awarded to a junior member of the Medicine faculty who has made a significant research contribution towards advancing the field of medicine, and the Vilas Life Cycle Professorship from the UW-Madison Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute and Office of the Provost.

Research Interests

Dr. Kimple leads a multi-level research team whose focus is on understanding how the beta-cells of the pancreas respond to nutrient and hormonal stimulation to affect biological changes. Her group is especially interested in elucidating how dysfunctional G protein-coupled receptor signaling pathways contribute to the pathogenesis of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and in translating these insights into new and improved diabetes therapeutics. Dr. Kimple's research has been funded almost continuously from her PhD onwards by the National Institutes of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, among other agencies. Her work has been featured in several university press releases and patent applications. Dr. Kimple has been the recipient of several awards, including a Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship from Duke University, where she learned the skills necessary to be a successful mentor and teacher while maintaining a top-tier research laboratory