Name: Luis Anthony Acevedo
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Undergrad: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, University of Florida
Hobbies: Competitive Powerlifting and coffee connoisseur.
Name of your MSSRS project and your role in the research:
Comparison of fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and their combination for assessing diabetes risk.
PI: Dr. Nick Pennings
My role in the project was to do a deep dive of current research utilizing insulin to predict the progression to diabetes. Our analysis would provide more evidence to this body of research by analyzing the CARDIA cohort for the utility of fasting insulin as a predictive blood marker for progression to diabetes in a large population of people.
Why you chose to participate in the summer scholars program and/or what you are learning from the experience: I have always had a great interest in metabolic health and the pathophysiology of insulin resistance. I was very excited to work with Dr. Pennings who shares this passion and has performed numerous studies looking at this very topic.
Advice to MS-Is: : Year 1 is a busy year, but if something catches your interest try to reach out to the lecture professor to learn more about that idea. Our professors are real people with real interests, and they would love to spend the time sharing their passion with you.