Professor Lee Roberts
- Position: Professor of Molecular Physiology and Metabolism
- Areas of expertise: Metabolism; Diabetes; Metabolic Phenotyping; Interorgan Communication; Obesity; Adipose Tissue; Skeletal Muscle; Metabolomics; Lipidomics
- Email: L.D.Roberts@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: LIGHT Laboratories
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Professor Lee Roberts is Chair of Molecular Physiology and Metabolism, a BBSRC-New Investigator and former Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellow at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds, UK. As an undergraduate Lee studied Biochemistry at the University of Bristol before moving to the University of Cambridge to complete his PhD in the Department of Biochemistry. Following completion of his PhD he was awarded the Leducq Foundation Career Development Award to conduct postdoctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA. Prior to his appointment in Leeds, Dr Roberts was the Elsie Widdowson Fellow at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Unit and a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, at the University of Cambridge, UK.
- Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellow
- BBSRC - New Investigator
Dr Roberts' research focuses on metabolism, the phenotypes and mechanisms of metabolic disease, and the role metabolites play in the homeostatic regulation of adipose tissue and skeletal muscle. He has a particular interest in beige and brown adipose tissue, the initiation of the thermogenic response and regulation of fatty acid oxidation in fat tissue, and small molecule inter-organ cross-talk. His research aims to uncover novel treatments for the twin global epidemics of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity.
Group Research Technician: Anna Whitehead
Group Postdoctoral Research Associates: Dr Nicole Watt, Dr Helene Daou
- Diabetes UK Professional Member
- European Association for the Study of Diabetes
Dr Roberts teaches pharmacology and pharmacokinetics at undergraduate level. He also teaches metabolism and adipose tissue physiology on a number of postgraduate courses at Masters and PhD level. Dr Roberts supervises a number of PhD students and is enthusiastic to hear from talented individuals with research interests that align with his. If you are interested in conducting post-doctoral or post-graduate research in the laboratory please make informal contact with Dr Roberts by email, attaching a copy of your curriculum vitae, and if appropriate, identification of a particular funding call.
Research groups and institutes
- Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
- Discovery and Translational Science
- British Heart Foundation - Cardiovascular research
- Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre
Current postgraduate researchers
<li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1356-brown-adipose-tissue-derived-small-molecule-interorgan-signalling-in-cardiometabolic-disease">Brown adipose tissue-derived small molecule interorgan signalling in cardiometabolic disease</a></li>
<li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/227-the-effect-of-inorganic-nitrate-on-systemic-energy-homeostasis-in-a-setting-of-perturbed-energy-balance:-implications-for-diabetes-and-obesity.">The effect of inorganic nitrate on systemic energy homeostasis in a setting of perturbed energy balance: implications for diabetes and obesity.</a></li>