Emilyn U. Alejandro, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP)

Emilyn U. Alejandro

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-301-7685

Fax 612-625-5149

Office Address:
3-142 CCRB
2231 6th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building
2231 6th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, University of British Columbia (Physiology), 2010

BS, University of Washington (Biochemistry), 2002

Postdoctoral, University of Michigan


Dr. Alejandro received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of British Columbia.  

Awards & Recognition

  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2021 Council of Graduate Studies Outstanding Mentor, 2021
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor, 2019
    Young Investigator Award, American Journal of Physiology , 2017
  • NIH NIDDK Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), 2014
  • The Hartwell Foundation Fellowship, 2012
  • Junior Investigator Research Excellence Award in Basic Science, 7th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHAD), 2011
  • Young Scientists Training Award, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Heidelberg, Germany, 2010
  • NIH NIDDK Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award Fellowship, 2007


Research Summary/Interests

Diabetes and metabolism roles of O-linked GlcNAc Transferase (OGT) signaling in pancreatic beta-cell development and programming of beta-cell susceptibility to diabetogenic conditions.


PUBMED List of Publications

  • EU. Alejandro, B. Gregg, M. Blandino-Rosano, C. Cras-Meneur, and E. Bernal-Mizrachi. Natural History of Beta-cell Adaptation and Failure in Type 2 Diabetes. Mol Aspects Med. 2014 Dec 24. PMID2: 5542976
  • EU. Alejandro, B. Gregg, T. Wallen, D. Meister, D. Kumusoglu, A. Chen, MJ. Merrins, LS. Satin, M. Liu, P. Arvan, and E. Bernal-Mizrachi. Maternal Diet-induced MicroRNAs and mTOR Underlie Beta-cell Dysfunction in Offspring. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2014 Sep 2. PMID: 25180600
  • EU. Alejandro, GE. Lim, AE. Mehran, X, Hu, F. Taghizadeh, D. Pelipeychenko, M. Baccarini, and JD. Johnson. Pancreatic ß-cell Raf-1 is required for glucose tolerance, insulin secretion and insulin 2 transcription. FASEB J. 2011 Aug 4. PMCID: PMC3205833.