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Carlos Diaz-Balzac, MD, PhD

Why did you decide to become an endocrinologist?

My research experiences shaped my interest in Endocrinology. The endocrine system is the real regulator or ‘brain’ of the body. I’m fascinated by its versatility in regulating both specific and general body functions and acting at distantly located organs, while at the same time creating feedback loops to regulate itself. Clinically, I’m interested in neuroendocrine pathologies and the genetic basis of endocrinopathies.

What are your research interests? 

Brain development

What is your research project title?

"Transcriptional Regulation of Neural Circuit Formation in Intellectual Disabilities​," which is now funded by a University of Rochester CTSA pilot grant received September 2020. This award will help support my training in transcriptomics, allowing me to undertake a novel approach using C. elegans to study the molecular mechanisms underlying intellectual disabilities. It will support course work, experimental work, and presenting at national meetings, allowing me to gain expertise in the latest cutting-edge technology in the field. It will also help me gather high quality preliminary data to submit a competitive Career Development Award to help me transition to an independent investigator position.

Why did you choose our program?

The people are what make the Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Rochester​ unique.​ The camaraderie in the program sets it apart. You get to be a great clinician and scientist, but also have a life outside work with amazing colleagues and friends. 

What is your favorite thing about our program?

  • The faculty are very supportive and make it their daily goal to learn something new.
  • Broad variety of cases and acuteness, spawning all areas of endocrinology are seen in the inpatient service and outpatient clinics.

What is your favorite thing about living in Rochester?

The Strong Museum of Play and unlimited outdoor activities.