Matthew Watt



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Finding new ways to get healthy

Professor Matthew Watt leads an innovative research program that seeks to identify how defects of lipid metabolism and inter-tissue communication cause obesity-related disorders, and to use this information to discover novel targets that can be transitioned to clinical therapeutics. His team’s research strategy encompasses two major streams:

(1) Target identification- where protein expression is modulated in cultured cells and combined with discovery-based transcriptomic, proteomic and lipidomic approaches with targeted functional cell biology to unravel the regulation of biological functions (metabolism, endocrine function, energy metabolism).

(2) In vivo validation- involves the utilisation of mouse metabolic phenotyping and biochemical assessment of unique transgenic murine models to understand integrative biology systems. This is followed by pre-clinical studies in human tissues to demonstrate potential therapeutic efficacy.

Professor Watt has authored >120 peer-reviewed manuscripts and contributes to the discipline through his roles as National Secretary of the Australian Physiological Society and as a reviewing editor of the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology & Metabolism). 

Research area keywords

  • Adipose tissue biology
  • Skeletal muscle metabolism
  • Lipid metabolism
  • insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Mice
  • Inter-tissue communication

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Research Output

Effect of Body Mass Index, Metabolic Health and Adipose Tissue Inflammation on the Severity of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Bariatric Surgical Patients: a Prospective Study

Ooi, G. J., Burton, P. R., Bayliss, J., Raajendiran, A., Earnest, A., Laurie, C., Kemp, W. W., McLean, C. A., Roberts, S. K., Watt, M. J. & Brown, W. A., Jan 2019, In : Obesity Surgery. 29, 1, p. 99–108 10 p.

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6 Citations (Scopus)

Identification of Metabolically Distinct Adipocyte Progenitor Cells in Human Adipose Tissues

Raajendiran, A., Ooi, G., Bayliss, J., O'Brien, P. E., Schittenhelm, R. B., Clark, A. K., Taylor, R. A., Rodeheffer, M. S., Burton, P. R. & Watt, M. J., 30 Apr 2019, In : Cell Reports. 27, 5, p. 1528-1540 13 p.

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Open Access
11 Citations (Scopus)

Preclinical Models for Studying NASH-Driven HCC: How Useful Are They?

Febbraio, M. A., Reibe, S., Shalapour, S., Ooi, G. J., Watt, M. J. & Karin, M., 8 Jan 2019, In : Cell Metabolism. 29, 1, p. 18-26 9 p.

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19 Citations (Scopus)

Suppressing fatty acid uptake has therapeutic effects in preclinical models of prostate cancer

Watt, M. J., Clark, A. K., Selth, L. A., Haynes, V. R., Lister, N., Rebello, R., Porter, L. H., Niranjan, B., Whitby, S. T., Lo, J., Huang, C., Schittenhelm, R. B., Anderson, K. E., Furic, L., Wijayaratne, P. R., Matzaris, M., Montgomery, M. K., Papargiris, M., Norden, S., Febbraio, M. & 4 others, Risbridger, G. P., Frydenberg, M., Nomura, D. K. & Taylor, R. A., 6 Feb 2019, In : Science Translational Medicine. 11, 478, 12 p., eaau5758.

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31 Citations (Scopus)

Unsuspected protumorigenic signaling role for the oncometabolite GABA in advanced prostate cancer

Taylor, R. A. & Watt, M. J., 15 Sep 2019, In : Cancer Research. 79, 18, p. 4580-4581 2 p.

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