Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

About Us

The Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota is uniquely poised to become a premier research institute that is focused on advancing knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications through cutting edge research.


The mission of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM) is to enhance research quality by growing multidisciplinary collaborations in diabetes research by creating a rich environment that unites diabetes investigators through enrichment and training opportunities, to provide access to pilot funds, and to make cost-effective animal physiology services available to members of the IDOM. Our goal is to create the environment and infrastructure necessary to support funded diabetes investigators and the integration of their data into our greater understanding of the whole of diabetes.

We are committed to creating a research environment that supports fundamental projects designed to understand the basic biology of the disease and then translating these findings to humans. This commitment will ensure that our basic findings are relevant to the human model and support of the development of new ways to prevent and treat the disease and its complications.

How to Join

Individuals applying for membership should submit a current CV and a cover letter to with the subject IDOM membership request. The cover letter should include:

  • Why the investigator wants to join the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
  • What expertise and research interests he/she brings, and
  • An idea of the collaboration or research in which he/she would like to engage.

Principal Investigator

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Elizabeth Seaquist, MD

Principal Investigator

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David Bernlohr, PhD