Zane Andrews, PhD
Department of Physiology
Monash University, Australia
Dr Andrews received his PhD in New Zealand at the University of Otago in 2003 and has 10 years experience in the field of neuroendocrinology and neuroscience. From there, he went on to do postdoctoral training at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (2004-2008) where he was awarded a prestigious New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship. Yale University is considered one of the world′s leading universities through a proven ability to consistently recruit world-leading scientists/educators/academics that publish constantly in top class journals and develop breakthrough technologies. During his time at Yale, Dr Andrews had to fortune to imbibe the atmosphere of one of the world′s leading universities and was exposed to cutting-edge research that helped to focus his scientific ambitions to pursue a position as an active academic researcher. He has published in the world′s leading journals including Nature, Cell Metabolism, Neuron, Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Journal of Neuroscience. His work has attracted significant public interest, including invitation to write for Scientific Amercian and Australasian Science. Dr Andrews was interviewed by and included in an article entitled 13 things you never knew about your weight in the recent edition of The Reader′s Digest (January 2009). Dr Andrews came to Monash University late in 2008 as a Monash Fellow and has started to establish his own research program. He uses a combination of genetic mouse models (global knockouts, conditional knockouts using the cre/lox system) and in vivo physiology to probe questions about how metabolic status affects neuronal metabolism and degeneration.
Dr. Andrews studies how the brain regulates food intake and body weight during different metabolic states and in response to different endocrine environments. His particular interest involves mitochondrial mechanisms regulating neuronal metabolism and neuroprotection. He is an expert on the neuroendocrine actions of ghrelin in the brain.