Joseph Banks Labs

Diabetes Research

The Diabetes Research subgroup is a multidisciplinary group based in the Joseph Banks Laboratories at the University of Lincoln. Diabetes research at Lincoln concentrates on four major research areas:

  • Cellular and molecular aspects of diabetes
  • Study of pancreatic islet cell development and function,
  • Immunology of type 1 diabetes
  • Pathogenesis of diabetic complications

Current Projects

Three key themes are currently being researched within the Diabetes Research subgroup. Click through to find out more:

Pancreatic Islet Cell Biology

Prediction and Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetic Nephropathy


  • Pancreatic islet cell biology
  • In vitro assessment of beta-cell function and mechanisms of insulin secretion
  • State of the art imaging by light and confocal microscopy
  • Development of antibody assays in type 1 diabetes
  • Production of recombinant antibody fragments
  • AFM-single-cell force spectroscopy technologies (funded by Diabetes UK).

Developing Researchers

The Diabetes subgroup has substantial interests in training and professional development of undergraduate, postgraduate (MSc, MRes, MPhil/PhD, MD) and postdoctoral researchers. If you would like to get in touch please email Professor Paul Squires.

Staff members

Professor Paul Squires - Professor in Biomedical Science

Professor Jon Whitehead - Professor of Biomedical Biochemistry

Dr. Claire Hills - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Michael Christie - Reader in Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Matthew Simmonds - Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Dr Samuel Bestall - Diabetes UK funded postdoctoral research fellow

School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln. LN6 7TS 

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