Dr Dan Thorpe

Lecturer in Human Physiology

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Research Focus:

My research interests are focused on the gut-brain axis and understanding how changes in luminal content such as food intake, long term dietary changes, enteric viruses and bacteria, and the gut microbiota are associated with a myriad of conditions and diseases. Specifically, my research is mainly focused on understanding how gut sensing cells, enteroendocrine cells, interact with and respond to their local gut environment, how they signal to the brain in response to changes in this environment, and how higher order bodily functions are altered by this gut-brain pathway.

Education and Work Experience:

I completed my Ph.D. training in identifying the mechanisms underpinning the damage following cancer treatments, with studies investigating the microbiome, inflammatory cytokines, the mucus barrier, and the enteric nervous system. After completing my Ph.D., I undertook a teaching-focused role, and subsequently, I resumed my research career with Prof Damien Keating in the Gut Sensory Systems Lab, focusing on the bidirectional signalling pathway between the gut and the brain.


PhD University of South Australia,

Title: Chemotherapy-induced mucositis: the role of mucin secretion and regulation, and the enteric nervous system

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology University of South Australia

Honours, awards and grants
  • The Hospital Research Fund 2022 (Associate investigator)
  • Received University of South Australia Postgraduate Award
  • Granted Best of the Best - Oral - Basic & Translational. COSA-IPOS
  • Granted Young investigator award by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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Research and Teaching

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