Prof Matt Watt
Professor Watt is a Senior Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and heads the Biology of Lipid Metabolism laboratory located within the Department of Physiology at Monash University.
His group studies the molecular and cellular regulation of lipid metabolism in fat, muscle, liver and the brain and how defects in lipid metabolism cause insulin resistance, a major feature of obesity and precursor to type 2 diabetes. More recently, Professor Watt’s team has studied the endocrine role of adipose tissue and the liver- specifically; they are using “omics” technology to discover novel proteins and lipids that are secreted by these tissues and how this influences metabolism in obesity.
Prof. Watt has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals. He is currently the National Secretary of the Australian Physiological Society and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism. The group’s ultimate aim is to influence the development of preventative and therapeutic strategies for obesity and related disorders.