Benninger Imaging and Biophysics Research Lab

Benninger Imaging and Biophotonics Laboratory

Lab Mission

The Benninger Lab combines novel optical imaging and ultrasound imaging approaches to study the function of the islets of Langerhans over multiple levels of organization to understand how this function is disrupted in diabetes.

Collaborations and Tools

The Benninger Lab is located in the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, which provides a unique research environment where patient care, clinical research, translational research, and basic research are integrated within a single building.

Work We Do

Our research includes:

  • Systems biophysics of the islet of Langerhans in diabetes
  • Electrical synapse (gap junction channel) plasticity
  • Cell heterogeneity and emergent multicellular properties of the islet
  • Advanced optical microscopy and ultrasound imaging
  • Imaging diagnostics for type 1 diabetes



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