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Darren is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Human Performance in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Launceston where he contributes to teaching in the Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology and Laboratory Medicine courses. His research focuses on using pre-clinical models of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, obesity and exercise training to study metabolic phenotypes, pathways and processes. His research is primarily focused on understanding mitochondrial and whole-body metabolic dysfunction and identifying targets to treat these conditions.

Darren graduated with a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Physiology from Monash University in 2003. He conducted his PhD studies through the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (School of Translational Medicine) at the Baker Medical Research Institute and Alfred Hospital. Following his doctorate, he undertook postdoctoral studies at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in the Cellular and Molecular Metabolism Laboratory including a period working in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the University of Tasmania, Darren was a Group Leader in the Molecular Metabolism & Aging Laboratory and Director of the Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Facility and Bioenergetic Core at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.  He was also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Medicine, Monash University and Guest Lecturer for the Department of Physiology, Monash University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Metabolic processes
  • Metabolic dysfunction
  • Insulin resistance
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Exercise training

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