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Manu Verma

B.Tech, M.Sc. (Distinction), M.Res., Ph.D.

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • MRC Visiting Scientist - MRC Harwell Institute

I am a Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow interested in human adipose tissue biology and the link between obesity and diabetes. I am working with Dr. Costas Christodoulides and Prof. Fredrik Karpe, based at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, University of Oxford.

The focus of my fellowship is to investigate how WNT signalling and the key "effectors" of WNT signalling, modulates white and brown human adipocyte biology and susceptibility to visceral obesity and diabetes. To achieve this, I will use a combination of in vitro functional experiments, pre-clinical models of obesity and human physiological studies involving carriers of common and low frequency risk variants that is associated with diabetes and obesity in GWAS.

I completed a (First class) Bachelor’s degree in engineering in India. Followed by a M.S. in Medical Genetics (Distinction) from the University of Glasgow where I was supported by a Saltire scholarship. I was then awarded a 4-year Charles Darwin International Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh where I obtained a M.Res. in Biomedical Sciences followed by a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Sciences at the Deanery of Clinical Sciences. I was awarded several prizes for my Ph.D. research including featured presentation at the Endo, 2015 (San Diego, USA) and the "Best Basic Science" abstract award and a "Highly Commendable" oral communication award at the SfE BES, 2016 (Brighton, UK).