Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism




Administrative/Research Office:
(412) 648-9770

Patient/Clinical Inquiries:
(412) 586-9700



Postdoctoral Scholars

Hira Ali, MD

Phone: 412-586-9700
Fax: 412-586-9726
Location: Falk Medical Building
3601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 562
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Education and Training

Education: Allama Iqbal Medical College

Training: Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Clinical Interests
Diabetes management, thyroid, adrenal and pituitary disorders

Research Interests
Pharmacokinetics and dose-response relationship of novel insulin formulations.
Hypoglycemia and its long-term effects on cognition


Frances Belmonte, PhD

Phone: 412-624-8644
Office: 200 Lothrop Street, BST E1241


Education and Training:
Education: Johns Hopkins University
Training: Environmental Health Sciences, Molecular and Translational Toxicology

Research Interest: Toxicology, animal physiology, mitochondrial biology, PIF1 helicase

Selected Publications:
Most recent publications while at Pitt:


Complete List of Published Work in my Bibliography:


- University of Pittsburgh, Division of Endocrinology NIH T32 program, July 2016-Present
-Stimulating Pittsburgh Research in Geroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship, June 2016-Present
-Pitt-CIRTL Associate Level Certification in STEM Teaching



Lia R. Edmunds, PhD

Phone: 412-648-2164 (office)/ (412) 648-2273 (lab)
Fax: 412-648-3290
Location: BST W1026 (office)/ BST W1005A  (lab)



Education and Training
Education: Washington and Jefferson College; Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Research Interests
Understanding cellular and mitochondrial-driven bioenergetics during pathological states, such as nutritional stress, obesity, and insulin resistance, at a molecular level.

Selected Publications:
Reduced intestinal lipid absorption and body weight-independent improvements in insulin sensitivity in high-fat diet-fed Park2 knockout mice. Costa DK, Huckestein BR, Edmunds LR, Petersen MC, Nasiri A, Butrico GM, Abulizi A, Harmon DB, Lu C, Mantell BS, Hartman DJ, Camporez JP, O'Doherty RM, Cline GW, Shulman GI, Jurczak MJ. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jul 1;311(1):E105-16. PMID: 27166280

Abnormal lipid processing but normal long-term repopulation potential of myc-/- hepatocytes. Edmunds LR, Otero PA, Sharma L, D'Souza S, Dolezal JM, David S, Lu J, Lamm L, Basantani M, Zhang P, Sipula IJ, Li L, Zeng X, Ding Y, Ding F, Beck ME, Vockley J, Monga SP, Kershaw EE, O'Doherty RM, Kratz LE, Yates NA, Goetzman EP, Scott D, Duncan AW, Prochownik EV. Oncotarget. 2016 May 24;7(21):30379-95. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.8856. PMID: 27105497

Coordinated Activities of Multiple Myc-dependent and Myc-independent Biosynthetic Pathways in Hepatoblastoma. Wang H, Lu J, Edmunds LR, Kulkarni S, Dolezal J, Tao J, Ranganathan S, Jackson L, Fromherz M, Beer-Stolz D, Uppala R, Bharathi S, Monga SP, Goetzman ES, Prochownik EV. J Biol Chem. 2016 Dec 16;291(51):26241-26251. PMID: 27738108

c-Myc programs fatty acid metabolism and dictates acetyl-CoA abundance and fate. Edmunds LR, Sharma L, Kang A, Lu J, Vockley J, Basu S, Uppala R, Goetzman ES, Beck ME, Scott D, Prochownik EV. J Biol Chem. 2014 Sep 5;289(36):25382-92. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.580662.  PMID: 25053415

Notable Achievements:
Oral presentation at American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting, San Diego 2017
Attended Isotope Tracers in Metabolic Research: Principles and Practice of Kinetic Analysis, Nashville 2016