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Maria Rohm

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2017)

  • Project: Molecular mechanisms regulating reversible changes in cell structure and function induced by diabetes


Maria was awarded a Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2014, working in Professor Frances Ashcroft’s research group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. This allowed Maria to pursue her research interests on the molecular basis of metabolic changes occurring in metabolic diseases. Using a multi-omics approach, Maria investigated the underlying metabolic changes of islet function during development and in the treatment of diabetes. Maria also studied the influence of hyperglycaemia/ hypoinsulinaemia on peripheral tissues like the kidney and heart.

Following her Novo Nordisk fellowship, Maria joined the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer (IDC) at the Helmholtz Center, Munich, in June 2017. Maria has started her own lab as a junior group leader, combining her previous experience working on adipose tissue and islet metabolism by investigating inter-organ cross-talk in metabolic disease. She is now head of the research division "Tissue Crosstalk" at the Helmholtz Center. 

Fellowship Publications

Diabetes causes marked inhibition of mitochondrial metabolism in pancreatic β-cells. Haythorne E*, Rohm M*, et al, (2019), Nat Comms * = joint first author

Cardiac dysfunction and metabolic inflexibility in a mouse model of diabetes without dyslipidaemia
Rohm M. et al, (2018), Diabetes

Adipose tissue: between the extremes
Vegiopoulos A. et al, (2017) EMBO J

Is type-2 diabetes a glycogen storage disease of pancreatic β-cells
Ashcroft FM, Rohm M, et al, (2017), Cell Metabolism

Hyperglycaemia induces metabolic dysfunction and glycogen accumulation in pancreatic β-cells
Brereton MF, Rohm M, et al, (2016), Nat Commun

β-Cell dysfunction in diabetes: a crisis of identity?
Brereton MF*, Rohm M*, Ashcroft FM, (2016), Diabetes Obes Metab * = joint first author