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Dyan Sellayah

Portrait of Dyan Sellayah
  • Module convenor for BI3BA7-Medical Genetics (year 3), BI3EM1-Evolutionary Medicine (year 3)
  • Admissions Tutor & Program Director for Medical Sciences


Part 3: Medical Genetics

Research centres and groups

National Collaborators

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

Research projects

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 programming 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

Awards and honours

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

Impact, enterprise and outreach

  • School Director for Outreach
  • Project co-founder of ReadiLab Initiative
  • Contributor to Reading Scholars' Program 


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