Metabolic reprogramming of skeletal muscle stem cells

Project Details

One of the most important and unanswered questions in stem cell biology is how decisions regarding cell fate are regulated, specifically whether a cell undergoes self-renewal or commitment to a specific lineage. While the better part of the 20th century focused on the importance of cellular metabolism for the generation of energy, recent work has uncovered an essential role for metabolism in the generation of the building blocks (nucleotides, phospholipids, and amino acids) required by rapidly dividing cells.

Additionally, the metabolite balance of both stem and differentiated cells has been found to directly influence the epigenome through post-translational modifications of histones, DNA and transcription factors and therefore has important implications for stem cell lineage progression.

The overall goal of research into the link between metabolism and stem cell identity is to improve stem cell transplantation and regenerative medicine, nuclear reprogramming, transdifferentiation, and stable ex vivo expansion of stem cells.

This project will utilise cutting-edge single cell RNAseq techniques in collaboration with researches at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and will have broad application in the fields of regenerative medicine, synthetic biology and cellular agriculture


Professor Gordon Lynch,
Head of Laboratory

Associate Professor  RenĂ© Koopman, Head of Laboratory

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Group

Lynch laboratory: Basic and clinical myology

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Biomedicine, Stem Cells, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Anatomy and Physiology

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