Raelene Maser

Associate Professor
Medical Laboratory Sciences
305-F Willard Hall Educ. Bldg.



Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Complications of Diabetes
  • Neuropathy
  • Obesity
  • Autonomic Nervous System Function

My research focuses on obesity, diabetes mellitus and the complications that are associated with diabetes. I have a particular interest in diabetic neuropathy (i.e., damage to the nerves). Most of my efforts are in the areas of measuring nerve function and searching for potential treatment modalities for nerve dysfunction. The twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes represent a major public health problem worldwide. Obesity seriously increases an individual’s risk of developing many health problems including type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes is projected to double over the next 25 years. It is estimated that approximately 60% of individuals with diabetes have some form of damage to the nervous system. Nerve damage in individuals with diabetes results in impaired sensation of the lower extremities, which may lead to amputation. Diabetes can also cause damage to nerves that innervate the heart and blood vessels, leading to an increased risk of death. It is vital to find new therapies to stop the development and progression of nerve dysfunction in order to reduce both morbidity and mortality.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science, Medical Technology, Catholic University of America
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Elizabethtown College