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PD Dr Claudia Cavelti-Weder

Role: Senior physician and group leader Lab “Translational Diabetes”

Institute: Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Switzerland

Research & Interests: I am board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology/ Diabetology. From 2010 to 2013, I pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center and achieved a Masters degree in Public Health, both at Harvard University, Boston. After being awarded the SNSF Ambizione-SCORE and Goldschmidt-Jacobson-stipend in 2015, I was appointed senior physician and independent group leader at the University of Basel. In 2020, I took a position as a senior physician at the University Hospital Zurich.

My research focuses on gut mucosal immunity as a potential starting point of inflammation and glucose dysregulation in metabolic disease. Particularly, I am interested in how mucosal immune cells respond to environmental stressors such as high-fat diet, pollutants (i.e., air pollutants, cigarette smoke particles) or infectious agents and whether altered gut immunity contributes to dysregulation of glucose homeostasis.

I see patients at the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, with a main focus on diabetes (type 1 and 2) and metabolic disease. I am the responsible person for the Swiss National Diabetes Registry in Zurich and for the digitalization of our diabetes out-patient clinics. I am spearheading clinical trials to assess mucosal immunity in the context of human metabolic disease.