Dr Brian N. Cockburn

Senior Lecturer (Biochemistry)

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Dr. Brian Cockburn
Contact Information

Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Natural Sciences Building, Old Wing
, Room 219

Tel: UWI ext 83541
Fax: 1(868) 663-5241
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  • Ph.D. University of The West Indies (1994)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry/Biochemistry (1987)
Post Doctoral Fellowships/ Training
  • The Rockefeller University, New York - Short Course in Analysis of Human Genetic Linkage - 1998.
  • The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 - 38th Annual Short Course in Medical and Experimental Genetics - 1997.
  • Research fellow - Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Chicago - 1994-1997.
  • Laboratory Assistant (Research) - F. Hoffmann-LaRoche, Basel, Switzerland - 1993-1994.
Research Interests
  • Metabolic diseases: obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency and antioxidant status.
  • Diabetes Screening Application
Current Graduate Students
  • Mr. Andrew Dhanoo (Ph.D.)


Selected Bibliography   
  • Dhanoo AS, Cockburn BN, Shah N, Superville R, Hill-Briggs F. (2014). Monitoring of International Diabetes Federation-recommended Clinical Diabetes Indicators in a Public Health Centre in Southwest Trinidad. West Indian Med J. 63(6): 566-70.
  • Batson YA, Teelucksingh S, Maharaj RG, Cockburn BN. (2014). A cross-sectional study to determine the prevalence of obesity and other risk factors for type 2 diabetes among school children in Trinidad, West Indies. Paediatr Int Child Health. 34(3): 178-83.
  • Batson YA, Teelucksingh S, Maharaj R, Singh V, Balkaran S, Cockburn BN. (2013). Screening for diabetes in schoolchildren in Trinidad, West Indies. Paediatr Int Child Health. 33(1): 37-41.
  • Boodram LG, Miyake K, Hayes MG, Bell GI, Cockburn BN. (2011).  Association of the KCNJ11 variant E23K with type 2 diabetes in Indo-Trinidadians.  West Indian Med. J. 60(6): 604-7.
  • Rouse-Miller J, Duncan EJ , Cockburn B, Sirju-Charran G. (2010). Anatomy of Abscission Zones in Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.  Phytomorphology 60 (1&2): 59-65.
  • Al Saraj F, McDermott JH, Cawood T, McAteer S, Ali M, Tormey W, Cockburn BN, Sreenan S.  (2009). Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in patients with diabetes mellitus.  Ir J Med Sci 178(3): 309-313.
  • Cockburn BN, Bermano G, Boodram LL, Teelucksingh S, Tsuchiya T, Mahabir D, Allan AB, Stein R, Docherty K, Bell GI.(2004). Insulin promoter factor-1 mutations and diabetes in Trinidad: identification of a novel diabetes-associated mutation (E224K) in an Indo-Trinidadian family.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab 89(2):971-8.

Revised: 14 March 2016