Mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle growth across the lifespan (Hippo pathway, organ size control, metabolism, cell signalling)
Dr Kevin Watt was awarded a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen, UK. From September 2010-December 2011, Dr Watt worked as a post-doctoral researcher with Professor Kieran Harvey, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre using RNAi based technologies to identify novel genetic interactions in the Hippo signalling pathway. In December 2011, he moved to the laboratory of A/Professor Paul Gregorevic following a successful NHMRC project grant application to study the role of the Hippo pathway in mammalian skeletal muscle. Dr Watt has led research projects on this, and related topics, since this time and was promoted to the role of senior research officer in 2017. In 2018, Dr Watt relocated to the newly established Centre of Muscle Research, based within the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne.
FSHD Global Foundation general grant; CIB (2019). $222,000. Research travel fellowship. Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute (2017). $8000. Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute research grant; CIA (2017). $25,000. Diabetes Australia General grant; CIA (2016). $59,960. Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute research grant; CIA (2016). $25,000.
Education and training
University of Aberdeen 2010
Awards and honors
FSHD Global General Grant,
Finalist, John Funder Presentation Award,
Best poster presentation award, EMBO - Muscle Wasting workshop,
Available for the supervision of PhD and MSc students interested in studying the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle growth, metabolism and regeneration throughout the lifespan in mammalian and non-mammalian species.