Watt laboratory: Metabolism and Diabetes
Professor Matthew Watt
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Obesity, type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are related diseases that increase morbidity and mortality and impose a significant global economic burden. Our innovative research program seeks to identify how defects of lipid metabolism and inter-tissue communication cause these obesity-related disorders, and to use this information to discover novel targets that can be transitioned to clinical therapeutics. Our inter-linked research themes are:
1. Pathogenesis of insulin resistance: understanding how insulin resistance develops in obesity.
2. Metabolic ‘cross-talk’: understanding how proteins that are secreted by NAFLD / non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) liver affect metabolism in tissues of the body, and how this contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes.
3. Regulation of lipid metabolism: identifying novel proteins that control lipid metabolism in mammalian cells, to determine how these proteins are regulated, and whether their expression is altered in metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes, cancer).
4. Adipose tissue biology: determining the regulation of adipose tissue development and function in health and disease.
Professor Matthew Watt, Head of Department of Physiology, Head of Laboratory
Dr Magda Montgomery, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta, Research Fellow
Dr Jacquie Bayliss, Research Assistant
Dr Paula Miotto, Research Fellow
Dr Stacey Keenan, Research Assistant
Aline Boer, Visiting PhD Student (University of Copenhagen)
2019-2020 NHMRC Project Grant. Regulation of glycemic control by secreted modular calcium-binding protein 1. MJ Watt. Awarded $832,521
2019-2020 NHMRC. Discovery and validation of biomarkers for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and liver fibrosis. MJ Watt. Awarded $772,521
2018-2020 ARC Discovery Project. (DP180102935). Characterising the lipid droplet-mitochondria proteome. MJ Watt. Awarded $440,000
This research project is available to PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
- Towards understanding new therapies for obesity and diabetes: discovering new regulators of lipid metabolism
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