Matthew Potthoff, PhD

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Primary Office: 3322 PBDB
Office Phone: (319) 384-4438

Lab Office:  3310C PBDB
Lab Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: matthew-potthoff@uiowa.edu

Matthew J. Potthoff graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology/Zoology. In 2007, he obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics and Development from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the laboratory of Dr. Eric N. Olson where he studied muscle development and metabolism. Between 2007-2012 he performed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the laboratories of Drs. David Mangelsdorf/Steven Kliewer and Dr. Shawn Burgess where he examined the role of endocrine fibroblast growth factors in regulating hepatic metabolism. In July 2012, Dr. Potthoff moved to the University of Iowa to become a member in the Department of Pharmacology and the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center. His primary research interests are on the role of liver-derived factors, or hepatokines, in the regulation of systemic glucose and energy homeostasis. Matt’s hobbies include fishing, playing with the family, and throwing the ball with his dog, Cooper.

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Katie Markan, PhD

Associate
Address: 3459 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7711
Email: kathleen-markan@uiowa.edu

Kathleen received her B.A. from Hope College in Holland, MI where she double majored in biology and psychology. She completed her PhD work in Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition at the University of Chicago before moving to Boston for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School focusing on adipose metabolism and exercise physiology. In 2012, Kathleen joined Dr. Potthoff’s lab as a postdoc. In 2016, became junior faculty in Department, establishing her research program focused on beige adipocyte development and effects of exercise on adipose tissue metabolism. Her hobbies include reading and writing and is an avid CrossFit athlete who enjoys training and coaching.


Meghan Naber

Research Associate / Lab Manager
Address: 3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: meghan-naber@uiowa.edu

Originally from Spirit Lake, IA, Meghan received her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA and has worked in research at the University of Iowa since 2010. In her free time she enjoys true crime podcasts, paddle boarding, and baking. SSDGM.


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Kristin Claflin, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Address: 3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: kristin-claflin@uiowa.edu

Kristin Claflin received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 2016, where she developed an interest in the neurobiology of energy homeostasis.  She has continued her training as a postdoc in the Department of Pharmacology studying how FGF21 regulates energy expenditure. Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, true crime podcasts and shopping at Target.


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Kyle Flippo, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Address: 3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: kyle-flippo@uiowa.edu

Kyle received his B.S. in Biology at Aquinas College in 2010 and then began his graduate work in the lab of Dr. Stefan Strack in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Iowa. Kyle’s thesis work investigated how mitochondrial dynamics impact neuron survival and function. Kyle graduated with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 2017. In the Fall of 2017 Kyle started his current postdoctoral work in the Potthoff Lab focusing on defining neural circuits regulating metabolism and understanding how peripheral signals impact motivated behaviors. When not in the lab Kyle enjoys forest bathing, running, reading, nature journaling, hanging out with his dog Lana, woodworking, and fishing.


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Sharon Idiga

Graduate Student
Address: 3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: sharon-idiga@uiowa.edu
Graduate Program: Molecular Medicine


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Abdul(Sheps) Qaadir King-Mcalpin

Graduate Student
Address:  3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: abdulqaadir-king-mcalpin@uiowa.edu
Graduate Program: Molecular Medicine

Sheps earned his B.S. in 2013 at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. He completed a biology pre-med major and math minor at Morehouse before enrolling in the Medical Scientist Training Program here at University of Iowa. Sheps joined the Potthoff Lab fall of 2017.  Although he has a range of research interests, he is particularly enthusiastic about metabolism research since it correlates with his passion for exercise and its health benefits. Sheps enjoys lifting weights, cross training, biking, cooking, and traveling.


Bolu Zhou

Graduate Student
Address:  3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: bolu-zhou@uiowa.edu
Graduate Program: Pharmacology

Bolu Zhou received her B.S. in pharmacy from Capital Medical University in China and later pursued a master’s in pharmacology from University of Vermont where she developed interest in pharmacology. Her hobbies include running weightlifting and cooking.


William Morris

Undergraduate Student
Address: 3320 PBDB
Phone: (319) 335-7660
Email: william-morris@uiowa.edu

William is a sophomore biology major on the pre-med track from Belvidere, IL. His degree has an emphasis on cell and developmental biology. In the summer, William works as an orthopedic technician at a clinic in his hometown. In his free time, William enjoys watching basketball and football, especially the college level.