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Yow Keat is a Group Leader and Baker-La Trobe Senior Research Fellow in the Metabolomics laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He was awarded his PhD in Medicine from Monash University in 2018.

He conducted his doctoral research under the guidance of Professor Julie McMullen and Professor Peter Meikle, and completed his first postdoctoral stint under Professor Julie McMullen (2018-2022)

During his PhD, he demonstrated distinctive lipid profiles in the heart and circulation following exercise vs heart failure/disease, and how modulating different lipid species in the heart could affect cardiac health. His postdoctoral research further focused on the role of specific lipids in cardioprotection and heart disease, whether the manipulation of these lipids can serve as new therapies for heart failure and how changes to the heart can affect systemic change to lipids in other tissues. His findings were published in top journals including Nature Cardiovascular Research, Nature Communications, Cell Reports and Diabetes.

Yow Keat's current research will involve development of lipid modulating therapies for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases using preclinical models. His joint appointment by the Baker Institute and La Trobe University will see him facilitate new collaborations across institutes, leading to exciting avenues of research.

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

  • Cardiac Hypertrophy
  • Cardiac health
  • Lipids
  • Cardioprotection
  • Heart disease
  • Molecular biology

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