Serena Martin

Serena Martin
Mentor: Dr. Clive Wasserfall
College of Medicine
"The summer after my junior year of high school, I participated in the FSU Young Scholars Program, which incorporated research into the curriculum. I assisted Dr. Yanchang Wang with his project involving yeast genetics and biochemistry. I enjoyed this exposure to the research process and wanted to continue my involvement with research in college. In Fall 2013, I decided to volunteer at the UF Atkinson Lab. Prior to this decision, I became a counselor for Florida Diabetes Camp, where I learned how managing type 1 diabetes is a lifestyle. I am looking forward to contributing to the ongoing study of type 1 diabetes as a University Scholar."


Health Science



Research Interests

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Clinical Research
  • Immunopathogenesis

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • FSU Young Scholars Program
  • President's Honor Roll
  • Dream Team Volunteer of the Semester


  • Chemistry Peer Mentoring Program
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • P3 Peer Mentoring Program


  • Florida Diabetes Camp
  • Dream Team
  • Footprints Buddy and Support Program

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing Tennis
  • Working Out
  • Traveling
  • Reading

Research Description

Phenotypic Analysis of Gene Loci Identified as Risk Factors for Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disorder linked to the degradation of pancreatic β-cells (Atkinson, Eisenbarth, & Michels, 2014). These cells are responsible for producing insulin, a protein that regulates blood sugar. A number of studies have shown that the appearance of multiple autoantibodies can predict the onset of T1D (Atkinson, Eisenbarth, & Michels, 2014). Additionally genome wide association studies have linked multiple loci as risk factors for the development of T1D. My research project seeks to contribute to the Atkinson laboratory's ongoing research of the genetic associations related to T1D, in particular seeking to identify phenotypes associated with identified genotypes.