Wenhong Cao, a scientist at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant for diabetes research.

The National Institutes of Health funding will be spread over five years.

Cao, an assistant investigator at the Hamner, will focus on biochemical pathways and the body’s ability to manage blood sugar and weight.

“This grant is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our research in metabolic and cardiovascular disease,” said William Greenlee, president of the Hamner. “Diabetes is a major public health issue, and we are excited to see the impact Dr. Cao’s work will have on fighting this disease.”