Associate professor of medicine
Dr. Robert Sargis is an associate professor of medicine in the department of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. He is a physician-scientist with an interest in how the environment may contribute to obesity and diabetes. His research has focused on understanding how endocrine-disrupting chemicals and pollutants play a role in the development of metabolic diseases. His laboratory has found that tolylfluanid, a common agricultural fungicide and component of marine paints, contributes to obesity and insulin resistance. His most recent work examines the consequences and mechanisms by which exposure to fungicides and arsenic disrupt metabolism. He hopes his findings will serve as a foundation for public policy changes that will help mitigate the impact of these environmental toxins on vulnerable populations.
Sargis’ clinical practice focuses on the treatment of diabetes and lipid disorders. He also directs the UIC Physician-Scientist Training Program.
- Lipid metabolism and lipid metabolism disorders
- Environmental toxins
- Insulin resistance
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October 30, 2019
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Disparities in exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals may drive higher diabetes rates in minorities
November 15, 2017