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Vincent van der Vinne

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I obtained a BSc in Life Science & Technology and a MSc in Behavioural Cognitive Neurosciences from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). During my studies, I became intrigued by the role that circadian clocks play in regulating metabolism and optimising the timing of physiology and behaviour. I therefore performed my PhD research (2015) in the Chronobiology group of the University of Groningen, trying to understand why small mammals become diurnal in response to energetic challenges such as cold and hunger. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where I attempted to identify the mechanisms by which circadian disruption causes adverse health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes.

During both my PhD and postdoctoral work I have been studying the regulatory mechanisms and ultimate consequences of daily torpor. I am happy to be expanding upon theses experience as a Novo Nordisk fellow. In the labs of Associate Professor Vyazovskiy, Associate Professor Peirson and Dr Cantley, I will be studying the characteristics and factors driving daily torpor in Siberian hamsters. Ultimately, I hope to establish daily torpor in Siberian hamsters as a novel model to study the acute effects of blood glucose dysregulation on metabolic health.