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Sushant Bhatnagar, PhD

Sushant Bhatnagar, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Phone: 205-996-0164
Fax: 205-996-5220
Full CV


  • 2008 Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, West Virginia University, WV
  • 2001 M.Sc. (Hons), Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
  • 1999 B.Sc. (Hons), Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Research/Clinical Interest

Identification and characterization of novel factors in insulin secretion in obesity and type 2 diabetes


  1. Talukdar S, Bhatnagar S, Dridi S, Hillgartner FB. (2007). Chenodeoxycholic acid suppresses the activation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase-alpha gene transcription by the liver X receptor agonist T0-901317. Journal of Lipid Research, 48 (12): 2647-63
  2. Bhatnagar S, Damron, HA, Hillgartner FB. (2009). Fibroblast Growth Factor-19, A Novel Factor That Inhibits Hepatic Fatty Acid Synthesis. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 284 (15): 10023-33
  3. Bhatnagar S, Oler AT, Worzella LS, Rabaglia, MR, Stapleton DS, Keller M, Schueler KL, Attie AD. (2011). Tomosyn-2, a novel gene in a fasting glucose locus that regulates insulin secretion. PLoS Genetics, 7(10): e1002323
  4. Soni MS, Rabaglia ME, Bhatnagar S, Shang J, Ilkayeva O, Mynatt R, Zhou YP, Schadt EE, Thornberry NA, Muoio DM, KellerMP, and Attie AD (2014). Down regulation of Carnitine acyl-carnitine translocase by miRNAs 132 and 212 amplifies glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Diabetes. 2014 Nov; 63(11): 3805-14
  5. Bhatnagar S, Soni MS, Wrighton LS, Hebert AS, Zhou AS, Paul PK, Gregg T, Rabaglia ME, Keller MP, Coon JJ, and Attie AD (2014). Phosphorylation and degradation of tomosyn-2 de-represses insulin secretion. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2014 Sep 5; 289 (36): 25276-86
  6. Bhatnagar S and Attie AD. Molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic inhibition of exocytosis. (In Preparation) (Invited) Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Sushant Bhatnagar, Ph.D. Biology.
  7. Wrighton LS, Bhatnagar S, Roper LK, Kebede MA, Oler AT, Keller MP, Chapman ER, and Attie AD. Non-calcium binding synaptotagmin-11 is involved in the stability of insulin dense core vesicles. (Submitted to JBC)
  8. Bhatnagar S, Koltes J, Morota G, Dawson J, Broman A, Yandell B, Attie AD. A method to screen high-throughput bio-molecule datasets for candidate inter-tissue communication molecules: applications in metabolic disease. (In Preparation)