DR Garron Dodd

DR Garron Dodd


  • Diabetes
  • Neuroscience



  • Dr Dodd is a Neuroscientist with an interest in understanding how the brain controls energy balance and how this underlies metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. He leads the Metabolic Neuroscience Research Group within the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Melbourne, where it is the group's mission to understand how the brain controls metabolism to discover effective treatments for metabolic disease. Dr Dodd received a B.Sc. (Dual Hons) in Biochemistry and Neuroscience from Keele University (UK) and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Manchester (UK). He has worked as a Research Fellow and Associate at the Manchester University, Eli Lilly (USA) and Monash University (Australia). In 2019, he was recruited to Melbourne University where he is appointed as a Senior Lecturer. His findings have been published in some of sciences most prestigious journals (including Cell, Cell Metabolism and eLife) and his research impact is further substantiated by 4 articles in the top 5% of all articles ever tracked be Altmetric, 2 Faculty of 1000 recommendations and >11 awards for both his research impact and public communication of science. Research Interests: Dr Dodd’s group is interested in how the brain controls energy and glucose homeostasis and how this goes wrong in metabolic diseases such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. Using cutting-edge technologies and innovative in vivo models alongside a strong multidisciplinary ethos, Dr Dodd’s research group aims to elucidate unexplored disease mechanisms and therapeutic avenues by which to target metabolic disease. In particular, his group focuses on understanding how, where and why metabolic hormones (such as leptin and insulin) signal to the brain and how the brain uses these signals to coordinate body weight, appetite and whole-body glucose metabolism. Community service: • Wellcome Trust Researchers in Residence (Stretford Grammar) • Academic Tutor for the Manchester Access Programm   


Member of

  • The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society. Full Membership 2018 -
  • Australian Diabetes Society. Full Membership 2017 -
  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Full Membership 2012 -
  • Society for Neuroscience. Full Membership 2010 -
  • British Society for Neuroendocrinology. Full Membership 2007 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • • NHMRC New Investigator Grant (CIA) • Platform Access Grant – Monash University, 2018 (CIA) • Platform Access Grant – Monash University, 2018 (CIB) • Monash-Yale Collaborative Grant Program, 2017 (CIA) • CASS Foundation Travel Grant, 2016 (CIA) • Australia Diabetes Foundation – General research grant, 2016 (CIA) • Platform Access Grant – Monash University, 2015 (CIA) • Harold Williams Travel Fellowship, 2015 (CIA) • Monash University Travel Grant, 2015 (CIA) • Equipment Grant – Centre for Integrative Mammalian Biology • International Travel Grant – British Society of Neuroendocrinology, 2012 • International Travel Grant – British Society of Neuroendocrinology, 2010 • Research Visit Grant – British Society of Neuroendocrinology, 2009 • BBSRC Priority Doctoral Studentship    


Education and training

  • Ph.D., The University of Manchester 2010
  • B.Sc, Keele University 2005

Awards and honors

  • Robert Porter Early Career Researcher Publication Prize, Monash University, 2018
  • ANZOS Young Investigator Prize, The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, 2018
  • Monash Outstanding Achievement Award, Monash University, 2018
  • Deans Prize, The University of Manchester, 2017
  • Novo Nordisk ECR Prize, Victorian Obesity Consortium Award, 2016
  • Travel Fellowship, Harold Williams Foundation, 2015
  • Doctoral Researcher Award, ABTA, 2012
  • Best Poster Presentation, Physiological Society, 2010
  • Publication Award, The University of Manchester, 2010
  • Lay Writing Competition, The University of Manchester, 2008


Available for supervision

  • Y