Staff Profile:Dr Dyan Sellayah

Position / Job Title:

Lecturer in Cellular & Organismal Metabolism

Areas of Interest:

Dr Sellayah's research aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms that govern fat (adipose) tissue development and function in the context of obesity. His specific focus is in:

  • Investigating the developmental programing of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis.
  • Assessing the Impact of maternal nutrition during development on offspring adipose tissue development and function.
  • Elucidating the function of FTO in adipogenesis
  • Establishing the therapeutic potential of metformin's effects on adipose tissue
  • Evolutionary origins of obesity
Research groups / Centres:
  • Contributions to various Popular Science magazines, including Science News (US) and New Scientist.
  • Radio interview for Voice of America on adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity
  • Patent holder for weight loss therapy (U.S. Patent NO. 13/353, 174; Ref: SBMRI 10-029-02NP)

Esteem Factors:

  • Recipient of the MRC New Investigator Research Grant award (2017) of £409,989
  • Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford 2014-2015
  • Paper selected in top 5 basic research articles of 2014 in the journal Endocrinology
  • Research highlight, Nature Medicine:17:1356, 2011


  • Part 3: Medical Genetics

National Collaborators:

  • Prof Roger Cox (MRC Harwell)
  • Dr Felino Cagampang (University of Southampton)
  • Prof Dame Frances Ashcroft (University of Oxford)
Dr Dyan Sellayah

Contact Details

119 Harborne

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