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Richard Yan-Do

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I completed my PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) under the supervision of Professor Patrick MacDonald and Assistant Professor Matthias Braun. During my PhD, I studied the glycine receptor and its role in paracrine and autocrine signalling in human pancreatic islets. I revealed the mechanism by which glycine stimulates insulin secretion in human islets and I discovered how glycine signalling becomes impaired in diabetes.

I was awarded the Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research fellowship to work with Professor Mark McCarthy in OCDEM/WHG and Professor Cecilia Lindgren from the Big Data Institute, starting in January 2019. The focus of my fellowship is to investigate biomarkers for type 2 diabetes and examine genetic factors that are involved with diabetes. I will combine genetic, metabolic, and clinical data to characterise and validate biomarkers and develop a model of personalised medicine for diabetes.