Associate ProfessorHabegger Kirk2 1 8 2019
UAB Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Contact Information:

Office: SHEL 1213
Laboratory: SHEL 1231
Office Phone: 205-934-9835
Websites: School of Medicine Faculty Profile


Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
B.S. (2002)
Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Ph.D. (2009) 
Concentration: Diabetes and Obesity 

Post-Graduate Training:

University of Cincinnati, Metabolic Diseases Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2013

Research Assistant Professor, 2013-2014

Research Description:

Throughout my training I have acquired a diverse background in energy metabolism research, endocrinology, biochemistry, and integrative physiology. This background has provided me with unique training and expertise in key research areas. In my graduate work I specialized in the areas of plasma membrane dynamics and glucose transport, providing a solid foundation in key areas of cell biology. During my postdoctoral training I acquired significant expertise in neuroendocrinology, along with a broad background in obesity and diabetes research. Many of these projects included studies of novel pharmacological therapies against diabetes and obesity in mice, providing me with a rich background in the translational aspects of neuroendocrinology. We have recently reported that the novel hormone FGF21 is responsible for many of the non-canonical actions of glucagon; including its role energy balance and body weight regulation. My work aims to discover and dissect neuroendocrine and peripheral signaling pathways that regulate energy, glucose and lipid metabolism. Current projects in my group focus on 1) the non-cannonical aspects of glucagon biology and 2) CNS integration of duodenal nutrient sensing.


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