Kalwat Lab

Research Focus

Using genetically-encoded biosensors to gain beta cell knowledge

What We Do

The Kalwat Lab is investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying pancreatic islet beta cell function in health and in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Beta cells are the sole source of the hormone insulin, which controls glucose homeostasis and these cells are either destroyed or fail to function in diabetes.

Kalwat’s team uses a combination of approaches including small molecule and genetic high-throughput screening, as well as genetically-encoded biosensors to gain knowledge about beta cell function. Identifying new pathways and targets is necessary to develop therapeutics that protect and restore the function of these cells in diabetes.

Kalwat Lab team

Staff Snapshot

Michael Kalwat

Michael Kalwat, PhD

Assistant Investigator

  • Postdoctoral Training, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2018
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, 2007


Scientists interested in collaborating with the Kalwat Lab on research should contact Michael Kalwat.

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia logo Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Indiana University logo Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Ohio University logo Ohio University
  • University of Chicago Logo University of Chicago (Mirmira Lab)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center logo University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Lab Positions

Please reach out to Michael Kalwat to learn about potential opportunities.

Kalwat Lab Alumni

  • Mielat Kiflu, Student at Boston University
  • Ieisha Wimberly, Student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Daniela Rodriguez, Student at Purdue University
  • Karina Rodrigues dos Santos, PhD Student at the University of California Berkeley
  • Michael Kwakye, Research Associate
  • Giovanna Wunaki, Student at Purdue University
  • Luiz Barella, PhD, Scientist I at Kallyope Inc.
  • Fiona Armoo, Analyst II at BioAgilytix
  • Jayden Pierce, Student at Purdue University
  • Roy Austin Goode, Entrepreneur