Medical College of Wisconsin Endocrinology Research

The Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine has always maintained a high level of research and scholarly activity. All of our current full-time faculty have been or are currently involved in our clinical or basic-science research programs. All the clinical faculty are actively involved in training, with an active ACGME-accredited Endocrinology Fellowship program that has been in existence since 1962. There is active participation at all levels of medical student education and the research activities has led to many trainees who themselves have become independent successful investigators.

About our Research

Physician-scientists in the division are actively involved in research in a number of areas, including thyroid cancer and diabetes, insulin resistance, and the genetics of obesity. The division is also committed to furthering high-quality research, as reflected in leadership of NIH study sections and other rigorous research activities. In addition, a member of the division faculty currently serves as director of the Medical College of Wisconsin's NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center.
Clinical Research

We have active clinical research involving the genetics of obesity and metabolic syndrome, genetics and physiological determinants of hypertension, and ACTH and cortisol dynamics in human disease.

Basic Research

There are a number of investigators performing basic research in Endocrinology. These studies range from investigations of sterol metabolism, steroid hormone metabolism, genes involved in fat cell metabolism and the regulation of fat metabolism and energy utilization.

Clinical Trial Information

Current Clinical Trials

Resting Metabolic Rate and Gut microbiome in African American Women (PDF)

Past Clinical Trials

Are you an Identical Twin? (PDF)
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical study looking at what kind of modifications to one’s genetic code would lead to higher blood pressures. For more information, please call (414) 955-7438

Vitamin D Research Study (PDF)

Personalized Vitamin D Supplementation in European and African Americans Clinical Trial

Do you have high blood pressure? (PDF)

TOPS Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research

TOPS Center for Obesity and Metabolic Research studies weight gain and obesity and risk factors for co-morbidities.

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Meet Our Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine Research Faculty


Yiliang Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor


Carol Everson, PhD



Benjamin Gantner, PhD

Assistant Professor


Srividya Kidambi, MD, MS

Chief, Professor


Lisa Morselli, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor


Hershel Raff, PhD, FAAAS, FAPS

Professor, Medicine, Physiology and Surgery


Daisy Sahoo, PhD

Professor; Vice Chair Research; Secondary Faculty in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology


Mary G. Sorci-Thomas, PhD

Professor; Associate Director, Cardiovascular Center; Program Director, CVC T32 Training Program


Ze Zheng, MBBS, PhD

Assistant Professor