Benninger research lab

The Benninger Lab combines novel optical imaging and ultrasound imaging approaches to study the function of the endocrine pancreas (islets of Langerhans) over multiple levels of organization, and how function is disrupted in diabetes.

With mechanistic knowledge underlying the dynamics of islet function and hormone release, we can develop effective diagnostics and therapeutic interventions to prevent or treat diabetes. 

Our research includes:

  • Systems biophysics of the islet of Langerhans in diabetes
  • Electrical synapse (gap junction channel) plasticity
  • Cell heterogeneity and emergent multicellular properties of the islet
  • Advanced optical microscopy and ultrasound imaging
  • Imaging diagnostics for type 1 diabetes



Benninger Researchers group photo

Faculty & Researchers

Meet the multidisciplinary research team who leverage engineering techniques to study diabetes and develop diagnostics and therapeutics.



Recent & ongoing work

Our lab is located in the bioengineering department of University of Colorado on the CU Denver Anschutz Medical.

About us

Barbara Davis Center Anschutz

Barbara Davis Center

M20-4202V (4th floor)
1775 Aurora Court,
Aurora, CO. 80045



Published work

Check out some of our recent publications

   Lab news


Richard Benninger

Richard Benninger, PhD

Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Associate Professor, Pediatrics