Prof Damien Keating
Damien Keating is Professor of Physiology at Flinders University and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the leader of one of the six research themes within the College of Medicine and Public Health. Prof Damien Keating obtained his PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2003 and held post-doctoral research positions in Hamburg and Melbourne before being recruited to Flinders University in Adelaide where he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship and NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. His research is primarily focused on understanding the mechanisms by which cells respond to their external environment and the intrinsic cellular pathways controlling the release of hormones and other signalling molecules. This work encompasses a number of different cell types including beta cells, adipocytes and enteroendocrine cells, includes the extensive use of human tissue, and has a translational focus on how the output of such cells regulates metabolism. He has identified several novel genetic regulators of cell signalling associated with human diseases such as type 2 diabetes and this now extends to regulators of obesity.