Dr Amanda MacCannell


I currently hold the position of a Summerhayes Research Fellow at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds, UK. I began my academic journey at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where I earned my undergraduate degree with a specialization in genetics, complemented by a minor in Immunology and Microbiology. Subsequently, I pursued a Master's degree at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, with a shift in focus towards Biochemistry and Physiology. My academic pursuits culminated in the completion of my PhD at the University of Leeds, specifically at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, where I have continued to contribute to cutting-edge research and further my expertise in her field.

Research interests

My research is centered around the intricate realm of metabolism, delving into the phenotypes and mechanisms underlying metabolic diseases. I explored the critical role that metabolites play in maintaining the delicate balance of adipose tissue and skeletal muscle homeostasis. My particular interest is the study of beige and brown adipose tissue, the triggers for the thermogenic response, and the regulatory mechanisms governing fatty acid oxidation within adipose tissue. Additionally, I am investigating mitochondrial metabolism, seeking insights that can pave the way for innovative treatments addressing the pervasive global challenges of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity


  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhS

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Biochemical Society Early Career Member
  • The Physiology Society Early Career Member

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
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