Bjornstad Lab

Team Members

Under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Petter Bjornstad, our lab members come from diverse and varied research backgrounds. With combined decades of experience, each member brings their own unique training and education to contribute to the expertise and proficiency of our team.

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Petter Bjornstad, M.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. Petter Bjornstad is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, with a second appointment in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine. He is a clinician scientist who is committed to patient-oriented research focused on early diabetic kidney disease. His research studies are funded by NIH/NIDDK, JDRF, Thrasher Research Fund, ISPAD, CCTSI and Center for Women’s Health Research at University of Colorado. Dr. Bjornstad is an investigator of the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) study, and a member of their Renal Working Group. 

Dr. Bjornstad also serves as an academic editor for PLOS ONE, and is a recipient of several awards including young investigator awards from The International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes and The Endocrine Society and a research award from The Society of Pediatric Research.  Dr. Bjornstad spends his non-research time seeing patients in Diabetes and Endocrine Clinics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

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Victoria Gage, R.N.

Vicky is a Colorado native and originally from Fort Collins, CO. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. She also achieved her Certified Diabetes Educator certification. She has over 16 years’ experience in nursing, with the past 12 years being spent in diabetes research.

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Susan Gross, R.D., M.S.

 Susan received her Masters in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Texas A&M University, College Station TX. She has over 14 years of experience in Human Nutrition Research. Her expertise is providing nutritional and lifestyle counseling to patients and research subjects by developing, designing, and implementing metabolic diets to meet the nutrition aims of study protocols. She has worked as a clinical dietitian and gained the foundation of understanding the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases and the nutritional requirements of obese patients. As a research dietitian and study coordinator, she has led and managed over 13 adult and pediatric research protocols (n=95-105).

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Carissa Vinovskis, M.S.

Carissa graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2014 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. After two years of working in the genetics and research industry, she moved to Colorado, where she completed her M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy from the University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus in 2018. 

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Amy Baumgartner, M.S.Ed

Amy has a BS in Health Management from Southeast Missouri State University and a MSEd in Exercise Physiology from Baylor University. She has been a member of the Pediatric Endocrinology team at Children's Hospital Colorado for 8 years.

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Linh Chung, M.S.

Linh graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience in 2015, and earned her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at Regis University in May, 2018. She loves to serve different communities and is planning on applying to medical school. 

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Tyler Dobbs, M.S., EP-C

Tyler received his BS in Exercise Science from South Dakota State University and his Masters in Exercise Physiology from Boise State University. He is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is currently a professional research assistant in both pediatric endocrinology and pediatric surgery. In addition to assisting with research, he is also the exercise physiologist for the Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinic here at Children’s.

Co-investigators and Collaborators:

University of Colorado:

  • Kristen J. Nadeau, M.D., M.S.
  • Phil S. Zeitler, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Thomas Inge, M.D. Ph.D.
  • Michal Schafer, Ph.D.
  • Laura Pyle, Ph.D.
  • Marian Rewers, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Arleta Rewers, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Janet K. Snell-Bergeon, Ph.D.
  • R. Paul Wadwa, M.D.
  • Jane Reusch, M.D.
  • Judy Regensteiner, Ph.D.
  • Jens Goebel, M.D.
  • Robert Eckel, M.D.
  • Richard J. Johnson, M.D.
  • Michel Chonchol, M.D. 
  • Carlos Roncal-Jimenez, M.S.
  • Megan Kelsey, M.D., M.S.
  • Melanie Cree-Green, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Uyen Truong, M.D.
  • Lorna Browne, M.D.
  • Viral Shah, M.D.
  • Satish Garg, M.D.

University of Toronto:  

  • David Z. Cherney, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Bruce A. Perkins, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Julie Lovshin, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Yuliya Lytvyn, Ph.D.
  • Leif Erik Lovblom, M.S.
  • Farid Mahmoud, M.D.
  • Etienne Sochett, M.D.

Stanford University: 

  • David M. Maahs, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Chicago:

  • Pottumarthi Prasad, Ph.D. 

NIDDK Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch:

  • Robert G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University:

  • Chirag R Parikh, M.D., Ph.D.

VU University Medical Center, Netherlands:

  • Daniel van Raalte, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marcel Muskiet, M.D.
  • Lennart Tonneijck, M.D.

Toranomon Hospital, Japan:

  • Masanari Kuwabara, M.D, Ph.D.

Khon Kaen University, Thailand: 

  • Pattara Wiromrat, M.D.