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Julia Parnis

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2018)

  • Project: The role of γ2 AMPK in islet secretory physiology


Julia was awarded a Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the laboratories of Professor Houman Ashrafian and Professor Patrik Rorsman, located at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics (WHG) and Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM). Her research aim was to investigate a crucial link between bioenergetics and diabetes. During her fellowship, her project focused on the role of AMPK in islet secretory physiology. Being an “energy sensor”, AMPK plays an important role in β- and α-cell function, and the regulation of its activity may reveal new insights into the physiology of both insulin and glucagon secretion, adding to our knowledge of the pathogenesis of diabetes with potential translational implication.

Following her Novo Nordisk fellowship at the University of Oxford, Julia moved to Evotec, Göttingen, in October 2018. She joined as a Research Scientist.