Dr. Peter Light

Peter LightMy laboratory studies the ionic events that control insulin secretion and how dysfunction can lead to impaired/incorrect insulin secretion contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes. In pancreatic β-cells, hormonal and metabolic control of ion channel and exchanger function is crucial in transducing the correct insulin secretory response.  We are studying the links between common genetic variations in the ATP-sensitive potassium channel in relation to fat metabolism. In addition, we are also investigating the potential for development of novel