Professor Damien Keating

FHMRI Deputy Director (Theme Lead, Molecular Biosciences)

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (6E:103)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I have a research-only role as Head of Molecular and Cellular Physiology within the Centre for Neuroscience. I undertook a post-doc with Prof. Thomas Jentsch at the ZMNH, Hamburg, Germany and was then awarded the TM Ramsay Fellowship at Prince Henry's Institute, Melbourne. I was appointed Group Leader at Flinders University as a BioInnovation SA Research Fellow in 2006. In 2010, I was awarded both a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 1) and an ARC Future Fellowship and in 2015 was awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2).

My research is focused on understanding how cells send chemical signals to each other and how this is implicated in health and disease. We have published significant work in this area in leading international journals including PLoS Genetics, Molecular Psychiatry, Gastroenterology, Human Molecular Genetics, Journal of Neuroscience, Diabetes, Nature Communications and Cell Metabolism.

My lab webpage: Molecular and Cellular Physiology Laboratory



Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours, 1st class)

Ph.D. (Science) University of Adelaide - Department of Physiology

Honours, awards and grants

2004 TM Ramsay Postdoctoral Fellowship - Prince Henry's Institute
2006 Bio Innovation SA Neuroscience Research Fellowship - Flinders University
2007 NHMRC Project Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2009 ARC Discovery Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2010 ARC Future Fellowship
2010 NHMRC Career Development Award (Level 1)
2010 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University
2010 South Australian Young Tall Poppy Award
2010 NHMRC Project Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2012 Australian Society for Medical Research, South Australian Leading Light Award
2012 Associate Professor
2013 ARC Discovery Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2014 NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2)
2015 ARC Linkage Grant (Chief Investigator A)
2015 Professor

Research expertise
Biochemistry and cell biology
Medical physiology
Research interests

The focus within my lab is identifying the molecular mechanisms controlling cell signalling and how altered cell signalling relates to human diseases; most especially related to Type 2 Diabetes, metabolism and obesity. I utilise genetic mouse models and human tissue to identify novel genes underlying aspects of these diseases and combine this with cutting edge techniques for the measurement of neurotransmitter and hormone release from single cells. This work is supported with grants from the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Reseaech Council and the Diabetes Australia Research Trust.

Topic lecturer
MMED2931 Human Physiology
MMED1005 How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure
MMED3931 Advanced Neuroscience
Supervisory interests
Beta cells
Cell signalling
Insulin secretion
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Physiology (3), Neuroscience (1)
Principal supervisor: Physiology (3)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Kimberley Mackenzie

Best Student Oral Presentation, Australian Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Sydney 2010 - OCT 2012

Heshan Peiris

People’s Choice Award, Flinders University Faculty of Health Sciences Student Research Prize Day - OCT 2012

Kimberley Mackenzie

Kathleen V. Russell Prize In Neurobiology, Flinders University Centre for Neuroscience - OCT 2012

Heshan Peiris

Best Student Oral Presentation, Australian Physiology Society Annual Meeting, Sydney 2010 - OCT 2012

Minh-Son To

Australian Postgraduate Scholarship - OCT 2012


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