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Vincent van der Vinne

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2018-2020)

  • Project: Investigating metabolic control and sleep during photoperiod-induced torpor in Djungarian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus).

Vincent was awarded a Novo Nordisk Fellowship in 2018, working in DPAG with Professor Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, Professor Stuart Peirson and Dr James Cantley. During his fellowship, Vincent described the seasonal changes in physiology as well as characteristics of daily torpor in Djungarian hamsters. This was done with the goal of establishing daily torpor in Djungarian model as a new model to study mechanisms involved in energy and sleep homeostasis. Beyond his work with Djungarian hamsters, he also optimised and validated the use of thermal imagery to assess changes in core body temperature in laboratory mice.

Following his fellowship, Vincent accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor of Biology at Williams college in Massachusetts, USA. In this position, his research will focus on identifying the mechanisms underlying the adverse consequences of circadian disruption.