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Santiago Schnell
"It is an honor to be part of a selective group of scientists pursuing a new and different interdisciplinary cooperation to investigate type 1 diabetes."


Santiago Schnell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Research Associate Professor of Computational Medicine & Biology
U-M Brehm Investigator
Schnell Lab

Before coming to the University of Michigan, Dr. Santiago Schnell was assistant professor of informatics and associate director of the Biocomplexity Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Dr. Schnell received his license in biology with special emphasis on biochemistry and molecular biology (equivalent to a M.Sc. degree) from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. He was the José Gregorio Hernández Fellow at the Venezuelan Academy of Medicine from 1998–2001. He went on to obtain a D.Phil. in mathematical biology (comparable to a Ph.D.) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2003. Afterward, he held two research positions at the University of Oxford: junior research fellow at Christ Church College and senior research fellow of the Wellcome Trust at the Centre for Mathematical Biology within the Mathematical Institute.

Dr. Schnell investigates the pathways regulating the quality control production of insulin and how failure to control insulin synthesis can trigger pancreatic islet beta-cell death, using mathematical and computational methods.