Researcher

Professor Jenny Gunton

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Research Interests:
Diabetes develops when the beta-cells in the pancreas are no longer able to make enough insulin to control blood glucose levels. My research interest is to understand the mechanisms behind beta-cell failure in type 1 diabetes (childhood onset / IDDM), type 2 diabetes (adult-onset / NIDDM) and diabetes in pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes). We are also working in the areas of obesity and fatty liver. Our work uses new mouse...view more

Research Interests:
Diabetes develops when the beta-cells in the pancreas are no longer able to make enough insulin to control blood glucose levels. My research interest is to understand the mechanisms behind beta-cell failure in type 1 diabetes (childhood onset / IDDM), type 2 diabetes (adult-onset / NIDDM) and diabetes in pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes). We are also working in the areas of obesity and fatty liver. Our work uses new mouse models, mostly tissue specific knockouts to examine the roles of transcription factors in various tissues.

Current Projects:

The Roles of Vitamin D in Diabetes

The Roles of Vitamin D in Liver Disease

The Effects of Treating Gestational Diabetes on the Offspring

Fatty Liver and Liver Fibrosis

HIF-1a and Diabetes

Broad Research Areas:
Diabetes, Endocrinology, Cell Biology and Gene Regulation, Metabolism, Obesity

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australian Diabetes Society (Council Member, program organising committee chair), Endocrine Society of Australia, Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society, Endocrine Society of America

Specific Research Keywords:
Diabetes and Endocrinology, Beta-cell biology, Gestational Diabetes, Type 1 diabetes & Type 2 diabetes, Fatty Liver disease


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Metabolic conditions; diabetes, fatty liver, muscle function, human beta-cells, islets, fat, brown fat


Currently supervising

1 PhD student. 1 starting in 2019.

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Location

Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst.


Contact

02 9295 8474
02 9295 8404