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Bethany Cummings- BA, BS, DVM, PhD

Molecular Biosciences


Specialty Focus

Molecular Biology


2009 PhD Molecular and Cellular Integrative Physiology, University of California, Davis
2011 DVM , University of California, Davis
2005 BS Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2005 BA Economics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Honors and Awards

2012 Academic Federation Travel Award
2011 Wild's award for excellence in research
2010 Max Kleiber Award for a distinguished doctoral thesis
2009 Dr. Charles E. Cornelius Memorial Fellowship
2008 Freedland Fellowship Award
2007-2008 Yearlong Exposure to Advanced Research Fellowship
2007, 2008, 2009 Students Training in Advanced Research Summer Fellowship
2006 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Summer Fellowship
2005-2011 Veterinary Scientist Training Program Fellowship
2004 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Fellowship

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes with Alogliptin and Pioglitizone, Alone and in Combination in the UCD-T2DM Rat Model of Type 2 Diabetes., Havel (Principal Investigator), Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.

Co-Investigator, Novo Nordisk Diabetes Prevention and Onset Study: Growth Hormone and Liraglutide, Havel (Principal Investigator), Novo Nordisk

Co-Principal Investigator, Dissecting mechanisms by which IT and VSG surgery delay type 2 diabetes onset in the UCD-T2DM rat, MPI (Cummings and Havel) (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIDDK

Principal Investigator, Developing, Defining, and Standardizing Mouse Models of Bariatric Surgery, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Cummings BP, Bettaieb A, Graham JL, Stanhope KL, Kowala M, Haj FG, Chouinard ML, Havel PJ Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Improves Glucose and Lipid Metabolism and Delays Diabetes Onset in UCD-T2DM Rats Endocrinology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Lee J, Cummings BP, Martin E, Sharp JW, Graham JL, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, Raybould HE Glucose sensing by gut endocrine cells and activation of the vagal afferent pathway is impaired in a rodent model of type 2 diabetes mellitus Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Cummings BP, Bettaieb A, Graham JL, Stanhope KL, Dill R, Morton GJ, Haj FG, Havel PJ Subcutaneous administration of leptin normalizes fasting plasma glucose in obese type 2 diabetic UCD-T2DM rats Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A,
  • Link Icon 2011 Bremer AA, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Cummings BP, Wang W, Saville BR, Havel PJ Fructose-fed rhesus monkeys: a nonhuman primate model of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes Clin Transl Sci,
  • Link Icon 2010 Cummings BP, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Griffen SC, Havel PJ Supplementation with EPA or fish oil for 11 months lowers circulating lipids, but does not delay the onset of diabetes in UC Davis-type 2 diabetes mellitus rats Br J Nutr,
  • Link Icon 2010 Cummings BP, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Baskin DG, Griffen SC, Nilsson C, Sams A, Knudsen LB, Raun K, Havel PJ Chronic administration of the glucagon-like peptide-1 analog, liraglutide, delays the onset of diabetes and lowers triglycerides in UCD-T2DM rats Diabetes,
  • Link Icon 2010 Cummings BP, Strader AD, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Lee J, Raybould HE, Baskin DG, Havel PJ Ileal interposition surgery improves glucose and lipid metabolism and delays diabetes onset in the UCD-T2DM rat Gastroenterology,
  • Link Icon 2010 Cummings BP, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Evans JL, Baskin DG, Griffen SC, Havel PJ Dietary fructose accelerates the development of diabetes in UCD-T2DM rats: amelioration by the antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol,
  • Link Icon 2009 Teff KL, Grudziak J, Townsend RR, Dunn TN, Grant RW, Adams SH, Keim NL, Cummings BP, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ Endocrine and metabolic effects of consuming fructose- and glucose-sweetened beverages with meals in obese men and women: influence of insulin resistance on plasma triglyceride responses J Clin Endocrinol Metab,
  • Link Icon 2008 Cummings BP, Digitale EK, Stanhope KL, Graham JL, Baskin DG, Reed BJ, Sweet IR, Griffen SC, Havel PJ Development and characterization of a novel rat model of type 2 diabetes mellitus: the UC Davis type 2 diabetes mellitus UCD-T2DM rat Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol,